(Theme in the course: Thinking and Judging Political with Hannah Arendt.)


Theme of discussions: The Artice: Ideology and Terror.

  • Read the article carefully and present one question to the other members of the groups on the basis of your reading.
  • Each member of the group will answer to all the questions presented

Some further reading:

Arendt, Hannah: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), (1958), (1968), (1972).

Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft , Frankfurt a. M., 1955.

Understanding and Politics (The Difficulties of Understanding ) (1954)

On the Nature of Totalitarianism: An Essay in Understanding (1954)

A Reply to Eric Voegelin (1953)

  • Bernstein, Richard: The Origins of Totalitarianism: Not History, but Politics. Social Research, Summer 2002, Vol. 69 Issue 2
  • Foucault, Michel, “Society Must Be Defended”. Lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76. Picador 2003.
  • Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe & Nancy, Jean-Luc: The Nazi Myth. Critical Inquiry, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Winter, 1990).
  • Lacoue-Labarthe, Philippe: Heidegger, Art, and Politics: the Fiction of the Political. Basil Blackwell 1990.
  • Lefort, Claude, Thinking with and against Hannah Arendt. Social Research , Summer2002, Vol. 69 Issue 2,
  • Lefort, Claude, The Political Forms of Modern Society: Bureaucracy, Democracy, Totalitarianism. MIT Press, 1986.
  • Maier, Hans (edited): Totalitarianism and Political Religions Volume I: concepts for the comparison of dictatorship.
  • Neumann, Franz, Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944. New York, Harper & Row 1966.
  • Taminiaux, Jacques. The Philosophical Stakes in Arendt’s Genealogy of Totalitarianism.Social Research , Summer2002, Vol. 69 Issue 2, p423-446
  • Tsao, Roy T. The Three Phases of Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism. Social Research , Summer 2002, Vol. 69 Issue 2.
  • Žižek, Slavoj: Did somebody say totalitarianism?:five interventions in the (mis)use of a notion. Verso, 2002.