Imaginary Voyages: The New Science and Its Search for a Vantage Point (Or: How the Imagination Was Used to Domesticate the Exotic)

  • Ofer Gal
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks of Literature and Science book series (PAHALISC)


Having completed her magisterial account of the metaphysical foundations of The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt turns to consider its modern constitution. She finds the paradigm of human life, unsurprisingly yet in an exhilarating fashion, in the Greek polis, where her distinctions between labour, work and action are fully realized. Arendt’s interests, however, are neither historical nor metaphysical: they are in the condition as we, modern humans, experience it, and the modern moment for her begins with Galileo and his telescope. It is the moment when an Archimedean point outside Earth is established, from which we can consider ourselves an integral part of the universe, and our residence here on Earth both marginal and accidental.


Human Condition Natural Philosopher Evil Spirit Heavenly Body Wonderful Variety 
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  • Ofer Gal
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  1. 1.Unit for History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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