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Hannah Arendt: Exile and the Re-Creation of Public Space

From: 2017-10-16 To:2017-10-16

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  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Philosophy & Public Space
  • Dr. Jules Simon* - Professor of Philosophy
    (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at El Paso)

    16 October 2017 | 16h30 | Department of Philosophy (Tower B - 1st Floor)


    Abstract: Hannah Arendt’s philosophy is often associated with a phenomenology of the political but what is meant by that phrase is not always clear. My thesis is that her philosophical and theoretical work, informed as it was by her lived world experiences of exile and education, contributes to a ‘program’ of action that leads to creating the kinds of public spaces of appearance that enable intersubjective actors—we socio-political humans—to more fruitfully engage with each other. Those fruitful engagements played out in ‘public space,’ and thoughtfully informed by her philosophy of natality, can then lead to ever-new co-creations—or re-creations—of our public spaces that provide potential clearings for stimulating the intellectual and aesthetic potential of city dwellers to work together to create more sustainable—enjoyable, nourishing, supportive—cities and institutions.

    *Dr. Jules Simon, Professor of Philosophy (Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at El Paso)
    Jules Simon writes, teaches, and lectures in the areas of phenomenology, ethical theory, aesthetics, and critical ecology. He has published several works: Art and Responsibility: A Phenomenology of the Diverging Paths of Rosenzweig and Heidegger (2011); The Double Binds of Ethics after the Holocaust: Salvaging the Fragments (2009); and History, Religion, and Meaning: American Reflections on the Holocaust and Israel; and co-edited a Festschrift, Thought and Social Engagement in the Mexican-american Philosophy of John H. Haddox: A Collection of Critical Appreciations. He has published dozens of articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, and book reviews and has been invited to present lectures on his work in India, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Israel, England, Canada, Norway, Finland, and at several universities in the United States.  In 2017, he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India where he was invited to work on his book manuscript, Phenomenological Ethics. During the summer of 2010, he was an Invited Guest Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro in Mexico. He is also Scientific Director for the Center for Science, Technology, Ethics and Policy (CSTEP), a center of ethical inquiry that explores the ethical and political implications of existing and newly emerging phenomena in science and technology. 


    Image: Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 686 Good Morning City (1969 – 1970)


    Research Group Philosophy and Public Space
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Financiamento: FCT

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