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Peter F. Cannavò and Joseph H. Lane Jr.

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028059

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028059.001.0001

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Hannah Arendt: Place, World, and Earthly Nature

Hannah Arendt: Place, World, and Earthly Nature

(p.253) 14 Hannah Arendt: Place, World, and Earthly Nature
Engaging Nature

Peter F. Cannavò

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Peter F. Cannavò argues that Hannah Arendt,in developing her concept of the human artifice – a world or second nature created through work and action – also articulates the value of place. Arendt sees a stable, coherent geography and an enduring relationship with one’s physical surroundings (both built and natural) as critical in making the world a reliable human home. Yet Arendt also highlights the complexity and ambivalence of humanity’s relationship with nature and habitation of nature. Not only dowe exist as part of the natural world and depend on its stability; we must also struggle with and transform nature. Arendt shows how our relationship with the natural world involves both care and violence, and also shows how this complex relationship is fundamentally endangered by modern consumer society.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition (Arendt), Between Past and Future (Arendt), environmental political theory, geography, place, habitation, preservation, ethic of care

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