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Manuel Cruz

Hannah Arendt: The first one hundred years URL:

Hannah Arendt belongs without doubt to that select group of people who can be announced with the topic of not needing any kind of introduction. This alleged privilege is a double-edged sword. Because on one hand, the guess that everybody knows them effectively implies that they have managed to make their voice heard -being recognized as someone worth being listened to-, but on the other, that same guess can be a worrying sign, in the sense that it would be indicating that the author has left a generalized ignorance heading for an even bigger danger, namely, being absorbed by topics, pre-established images, or even worse, the dominating speeches.

Fortunately, the figure of Arendt has so far resisted both menaces. Only mentioning her name does not cause an automatic and ridiculous location within the map of current ideas, as it happens with the most common writer. It would be exaggerated to say that she is like a woman without face, but it would not be so exaggerated to say that although being well known, she is not fully identified. The aim of this cycle of conferences will be to define with more clarity the profiles of her thought. The speakers -all accredited experts on the work of Arendt- will highlight the different theoretical reasons that make her proposal an inevitable stop for all those who still believe it is worth trying to shine some light over those times of darkness.

In a first moment, it will be mandatory to present a general characterization of Arendt's skills, a characterization that needs to take into account a whole series of circumstances -including the historical and the biographical- without which it is impossible to make a correct interpretations of the theoretical-political project launched by this thinker. From there, the reflexion will stop in those traits -specially the ones related with the space that memory occupies in the configuration of the present- that build the core of her concept of human being.

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