The Wandering Thought of Hannah Arendt

  • Hans-Jörg Sigwart

Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Hans-Jörg Sigwart
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hans-Jörg Sigwart
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  4. Hans-Jörg Sigwart
    Pages 29-48
  5. Hans-Jörg Sigwart
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  7. Hans-Jörg Sigwart
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 135-147

About this book


This book interprets Hannah Arendt’s work as a “wandering” type of political theory. Focusing on the sub-text of Arendt’s writings which questions “how to think” adequately in political theory whilst categorically refraining from explicitly investigating meta-theoretical questions of epistemology and methodology, the book characterizes her theorizing as an  oscillating movement between the experiential positions of philosophy and politics, and by its distinctly multi-contextual perspective. In contrast to the “not of this world” attitude of philosophy, the book argues that Arendt’s political theory is “of this world”. In contrast to politics, it refrains from being “at home” in any particular part of this world and instead wanders between the multiple horizons of the many different political worlds in time and space. The book explores how these two decisive motives of Arendt’s theoretical self-perception majorly influence her epistemological, methodological and normative frame of reference and inspire her understanding of major concepts, including politics, judgment, understanding, nature, and space. 

Hans-Jörg Sigwart is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. He has held guest professorships, fellowships and research visits at Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Duke University, USA; Hoover Institute at Stanford University, USA; Louisiana State University USA; University of Darmstadt, Germany; and, University of Damascus, Syria. His publications include books on the political thought of Hannah Arendt, John Dewey, and Eric Voegelin.  


Political theory Political philosophy Epistemology Ethics Spatiality Judgment

Authors and affiliations

  • Hans-Jörg Sigwart
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Political ScienceFriedrich-Alexander UniversityErlangenGermany

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