The Life of the Mind

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1981 - Philosophy - 521 pages
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The author’s final work, presented in a one-volume edition, is a rich, challenging analysis of man’s mental activity, considered in terms of thinking, willing, and judging. Edited by Mary McCarthy; Indices.
 

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Review: The Life of the Mind : The Groundbreaking Investigation on How We Think

User Review  - Adam Hall - Goodreads

Easy to read? Not so much, but if you enjoy summaries of major philosophies you may find it fulfilling. I wish Arendt had contributed more of her personal thoughts on the matter instead of just giving a history of philosophy. Read full review

Review: The Life of the Mind : The Groundbreaking Investigation on How We Think

User Review  - Ghieanna - Goodreads

what makes us think ? Read full review

Contents

One Thinking
5
aWbrid of Appearances
8
Invisibility and withdrawal
69
The intramural warfare between thought and common sense
80
the spectator
92
Language and metaphor
98
Metaphor and the ineffable
110
What Makes UsThink?
125
Time and mental activities 11
11
The Will and the modernage 19
19
The problem of the new 28
28
proairesis
55
The Apostle Paul and the impotence
63
Epictetus and the omnipotence of the Will73
73
Augustine the first philosopher of the Will84
84
Thomas Aquinas and the primacy
113

The prephilosophic assumptions of Greek philosophy
129
Platos answer and its echoes
141
The Roman answer
151
The answer of Socrates
166
The twoinone
179
the nowhere
197
the nunc stans
202
Postscriptum
213
Notes
217
German Idealism and the rainbowbridge
149
Nietzsches repudiation of the Will158
158
Heideggers WillnottowiU
177
The abyss of freedom and the novus ordo
195
Notes 219
219
Editors Postface
241
JUDGING
255
Indexes
273
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Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant and original political thinkers. A prolific essayist and philosopher throughout her life, she studied philosophy at the University of Heidelberg under Karl Jaspers. She was University Professor of Political Philosophy in the graduate faculty of the New School for Social Research for many years, as well as a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. The Life of the Mind was first published in 1971.

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