Thinking and Judging Political with Hannah Arendt

arendtsmoking”Thoughtlessness—the heedless recklessness or hopeless confusion or complacent repetition of “truths“ which have become trivial and empty—seems to me among the outstanding characteristics of our time. What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing.” (Hannah Arendt)


  • The course teach students to think and analyse political phenomenon together with (and against) Hannah Arendt.
  • It will familiarize students with the central themes and core concepts of Hannah Arendt’s political thought, as also with the criticism and further developments of these by other political thinkers.
  • The course proceeds with thematic openings and it should strengthen students’ abilities to conceptualize, analyze and understand the major political themes of modern political thought.

Course pages in the University of Helsinki

Course themes and discussions

Identity politics, Refugees and Perplexities of The Human Rights


Vita Activa

The Broken Tradition and Freedom

Revolution and Violence

Banality of Evil

Thinking, Willing and Judging

Other materials

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)

Books, Articles, Interviews and films, Links