The Self in the Realms Ontology: A Critical View of Hannah Arendt’s Conception of the Human Condition

By Ronny Miron.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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The widely accepted approach in scholarly literature on Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition emphasizes its political meaning and implications while neglecting its ontological dimensions. Against this trend, in this article I seek to uncover the implicit ontology that underlies her conception of the human condition. This human ontology appears to be comprised of five realms – the private, the public, intimacy, the social and the self. While Arendt explicitly bases her conception upon the first two, the paper shows that the remaining three, although not defined as realms, are explored by her as such. These appear as autarchic contexts of human activity, which are not supposed to refer to each other. The problematic of this split between the different realms is widely discussed in the paper. Yet, the split of the self from the two pivotal realms – the private and the public – acquires a special interest, for it undermines the entire project of the human condition.

Keywords: Arendt Hannah, Hume David, Intimacy, Ontology, Realm, Self, Social, Split, Private, Public

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 11, pp.41-52. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 636.955KB).

Prof. Ronny Miron

Senior lecturer, Department for Hermenutics and Philosophy, Bar Ilan University, Jerusalem, Israel

I was born in November 1968, Jerusalem, Israel. A senior lecturer in the departments of Hermeneutics and Philosophy. Expert in hermeneutics, German Philosophy (phenomenology and existentialism) and modern Jewish thought. My book dealing with Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy (Karl Jaspers: From Selfhood to Transcendence) appeared in Bar Ilan University Press, 2006 (Hebrew, now in the process of translation into English). Articles in the fields of phenomenology and existentialism were published in international journals. Now writing a monograph on realistic phenomenology (Hedwig Conrad-Martuis Max Scheller) and a book that proposes a phenomenological reading of historiographical debates in modern Judaism.

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