Michael McCarthy on Hannah Arendt02-28-2013
"The book offers a dialectical account of the political crisis that Arendt identified and shows why her interpretation of that crisis is especially relevant today. The author also provides detailed analysis and appraisal of Arendt’s political humanism, the revisionary anthropology she based on the politically engaged republican citizen. Finally, the work distinguishes the merits from the limitations of Arendt’s genealogical critique of “our tradition of political thought”, showing that she tended to be right in what she affirmed and wrong in what she excluded or omitted."
Professor McCarthy gave a lecture at the end of 2012 for the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, entitled, "The Anti-Political Prejudices of Modernity: A Civic Humanist Critique." The video can be watched here.