Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom.

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  • Author(s): Hirsch, Roni ()
  • Source:
    Philosophy & Social Criticism. Apr2020, Vol. 46 Issue 4, p431-451. 21p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      action
      freedom
      Hannah Arendt
      history of science
      the public sphere
      work
    • Abstract:
      The article asks why and how Hannah Arendt framed The Human Condition as a history of modern science. It answers that, in telling the history of instrumental rationality and the work of the experimental scientist, Arendt accomplished three main things. First, by identifying science as a form of 'work' she could demonstrate the significance of her threefold division of human activity into labour, work and action, highlighting the dangers of their indistinction. Second, Arendt used the form of organization typical of scientists – a professional community founded on standards of objectivity – to warn against the substitution of the appearance of publicity for true openness. Finally, she identified the transgression of the boundaries of action as the site where a political community might become visible to itself, taking the unsuccessful attempts of post-war 'public scientists' to reckon with their past as a cautionary tale. Her account of modern science thus allows her to define freedom through its dependence on human-made boundaries, politicizing the very act of history-writing. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Full Text Word Count:
      11608
    • ISSN:
      0191-4537
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0191453719840762
    • Accession Number:
      142720261
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      HIRSCH, R. Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom. Philosophy & Social Criticism, [s. l.], v. 46, n. 4, p. 431–451, 2020. DOI 10.1177/0191453719840762. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=142720261. Acesso em: 28 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Hirsch R. Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 2020;46(4):431-451. doi:10.1177/0191453719840762
    • APA:
      Hirsch, R. (2020). Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom. Philosophy & Social Criticism, 46(4), 431–451. https://doi.org/10.1177/0191453719840762
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Hirsch, Roni. 2020. “Bounded Action: Hannah Arendt on the History of Science and the Limits of Freedom.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 46 (4): 431–51. doi:10.1177/0191453719840762.
    • Harvard:
      Hirsch, R. (2020) ‘Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom’, Philosophy & Social Criticism, 46(4), pp. 431–451. doi: 10.1177/0191453719840762.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Hirsch, R 2020, ‘Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom’, Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 46, no. 4, pp. 431–451, viewed 28 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Hirsch, Roni. “Bounded Action: Hannah Arendt on the History of Science and the Limits of Freedom.” Philosophy & Social Criticism, vol. 46, no. 4, Apr. 2020, pp. 431–451. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0191453719840762.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Hirsch, Roni. “Bounded Action: Hannah Arendt on the History of Science and the Limits of Freedom.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 46, no. 4 (April 2020): 431–51. doi:10.1177/0191453719840762.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Hirsch R. Bounded action: Hannah Arendt on the history of science and the limits of freedom. Philosophy & Social Criticism [Internet]. 2020 Apr [cited 2020 Nov 28];46(4):431–51. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=142720261