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Our Sense of the Real: Aesthetic Experience and Arendtian Politics 1st Edition

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"In this excellent study, Curtis tries to reconcile the 'consensual-communicative' and 'agonistic-performative' interpretations of Arendt while exploring the ethical side of her theory. Curtis argues that our foremost moral duty, for Arendt, is to recognize and preserve 'plurality.'"―Choice. May, 2000.

"Curtis is particularly good in her analysis of Arendt's writing on the relation between thinking and plurality; on the duality of the thinking self in its encounter both with itself and with the material world."―Norma Claire Moruzzi, University of Illinois at Chicago. International Studies in Philosophy, September 2001

"Curtis's book is not easy reading, but the argument is fascinating and very much in the spirit of Arendt's thinking."―Ethics, July 2001

"Kimberley Curtis offers an original, powerful, and convincing rereading of Arendt. Curtis makes clear, in a way that no prior reader of Arendt has done, that the ontological and the ethical are completely intertwined, not just in Arendt's work but in all of our ways of being in the world."―John McGowan, University of North Carolina

"These days it is hard to say something original, arresting, and responsible about the political thought of Hannah Arendt, but Kimberley Curtis has managed to do all three in clear yet passionate prose. This book is provocative as well as thoughtful, respectful (though not uncritical) of both Arendt's philosophical ambitions and political judgments. It manages to enact the political pleasures it finds and commends in Arendt's thought."―J. Peter Euben, University of California, Santa Cruz
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (September 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801486408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801486401
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Pen Name? VINE VOICE on January 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
In a true Arendtian sense, Kimberly Curtis rescues the pearls of Hannah Arendt's political philosophy for the contemporary predicament. The totalitarian model is still lurking around the corner, and while we allow ourselves to become more beauraucratized, more sheltered in the enclaves of our gated communities, blocking out the plight of the workers who labor to make our commodities, becoming ever more apolitical, we are allowing ourselves to slip ever closer to totalitarianism once again. And the insights of Hannah Arendt are perhaps more vital now than ever before. Here, Curtis simply does an excellent job of revitalizing the spirit of Arendt's work... definitely one of the best sources on Arendtian politics I have read.
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