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Jon Nixon: "Hannah Arendt: the Fragility of the Human Condition"

Samseminarium - Högre seminariet i språk- och kulturfilosofi och Engaging Vulnerability-seminariet

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John Nixon, Honorary Professor, Education University of Hong Kong, presents his research on Hannah Arendt’s philosophy

Abstract
Hannah Arendt characterised the human condition in terms of plurality and the unpredictability and irreversibility of human action that flows from that plurality: we cannot know what the consequences of our actions are going to be and we cannot reverse those consequences once they have been set in motion. This human predicament defines – for Arendt – the vulnerability and fragility of the human condition. But against the unpredictability of human action she affirms the power of promise – the means by which we can make the world a little less unpredictable; and against the irreversibility of human action she affirms the power of forgiveness – the new beginning, the entirely new thing, the natality. So, we are irredeemably fragile, but through our collective action can make of our shared fragility a common world.

Biographical note
Jon Nixon is an independent scholar based in the UK and affiliated to the Education University of Hong Kong as an Honorary Professor and as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow within the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development. His most recently authored books are: Gadamer: The Hermeneutical Imagination (Springer, 2017) and Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Friendship (Bloomsbury, 2015). Other recently authored books are: Interpretive Pedagogies for Higher Education: Arendt, Berger, Said, Nussbaum and their Legacies (Bloomsbury, 2012), Higher Education and the Public Good: Imagining the University (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Towards the Virtuous University: The Moral Bases of Academic Practice (Routledge, 2008). Recently edited books include: Academic Identities in Higher Education: The Changing European Landscape (with Evans, Bloomsbury, 2015) and The Reorientation of Higher Education: Challenging the East-West Dichotomy (with Adamson and Su, Springer 2012).

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