June 20 | Hannah Arendt and The Human Condition


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There seems no better time to revisit the work of philosopher Hannah Arendt, to consider what insights her ideas offered to explaining her times and our own. In this seminar, we take up this project and explore Arendt’s account of the human condition.

When: Six weekly sessions on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, starting June 20, 2021

Duration: 2 hours per session

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We meet on Zoom; you will receive joining instructions approx. 3 weeks before the seminar start date. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded. See full conditions at the bottom of this page.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. If you are interested in applying your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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Wendy O’Brien is a philosopher with over 30 years’ experience teaching in academic and non-academic environments, including Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Waterloo, Harvard, Oxford and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her work explores subjects including power, violence, the relation to the Other, home, silence, and creativity. She is presently working on a long-term project on the concept of wonder. An active member of the Ontario literary scene, she has been an interviewer for organizations including By the Lake Book Club, the Toronto International Festival of Authors and GritLit, as well as hosting Bourbon and Books book club in both Toronto and Hamilton.


The Portable Hannah Arendt, edited by Peter Baehr
(Penguin Classics, 2003)
ISBN-13: 978-0142437568

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We have begun to look back at the past year, to look back at the past decade and to write the histories and tell the stories of these extraordinary political and social times. In so doing, references to totalitarianism, the banality of evil, the rise of the social realm, the displacement of populations and the reconsideration of the relationship of power and violence — all concepts explored in the writings Hannah Arendt – have been employed. We look at the questions that preoccupied her across her lifetime: What does it mean to think? What does it mean to think well? What is it to judge? When can we judge and when must we judge? These have gained a new resonance and a new urgency to be addressed. There seems, as such, no better time, to revisit Arendt’s work, to consider what insights her ideas offered to explaining her times and our own. In this seminar, we take up this project and explore Arendt’s account of the human condition.

“What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing.”
—Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition


All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

Classical Pursuits does not record seminars. By participating in any seminar, registrants agree not to make their own seminar recordings and to abide by the Classical Pursuits code of conduct.


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