Seeing the Unseen in Hannah Arendt`s Thought (Research in progress)


Doctoral Program, the Division of Basic Theories of Education,

Graduate School of Education ,

The University of Tokyo

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KeywordsHannah Arendt, appearance, isolation, solitude, loneliness, private realm

This paper examines the meaning of being alone in Hannah Arendt`s thought.

Most studies of Arendt`s political thought made much of “appearance” in politics and overlooked the unseen. Arendt classified being alone into three types: isolation, solitude and loneliness. By focusing on these three types of being alone, this study reveals the meaning of unseen.

For this research, Arendt`s The Origin of Totalitarianism (1951) and Human Condition (1958) were analyzed using an interdisciplinary approach, combining philosophical study and basic theories of education. By analyzing both books, this research established the connection between appearance and the unseen, and a significant influence of the destruction of the private realm. By exploring the implications of this peculiarity, this study will suggest a new way to evaluate appearance in politics.