Philosophy Salon: Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt is one of the 20th century’s most important political philosophers. Born and educated in Germany in 1906, she was a student of Martin Heidegger, and later completed her dissertation under Karl Jaspers. Because she was Jewish, she fled from Germany, first to France than the US during the second world war, where she remained for the rest of her life. Her writings centre on questions of power, authority and freedom.  She is best known for her covering of the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem for the New Yorker, and her writing on the question of evil that arose from this experience. Her major works include The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), The Human Condition (1958), Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil (1963), Men in Dark Times (1968) and The Life of The Mind, published posthumously following her death in 1975.

In this Philosophy Salon, we will be exploring three of Arendt's central ideas: Sovereignty, Labour, Work & Action, and the power of Beginnings or Natality. We will do so by exploring some key philosophical questions, including;

  • How does the idea of sovereignty help or hinder the flourishing of our society?
  • What is the work of a human being and how does our action make sense within a political community?
  • What is the human beings capacity to begin and how does the act of being born aide our capacity to make change?

Join us at Hotel Esplanade for a night delving into the powerful and provocative ideas of Hannah Arendt and how her ideas can be applied to continue to question our society and our lives.


6.00 pm    Bar opens at Hotel Esplanade
7.00 pm    Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm     Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm     Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm     Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm     Salon Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation

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'There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.'

– Hannah Arendt


Daniel Teitelbaum

Daniel Teitelbaum
 is an educator and freelance producer. Previously he was Head of Content at The School of Life in Australia and prior to that made up part of the strategy team at Small Giants. Daniel spent his younger days in youth leadership and informal education, running weekly programs and seasonal camps for primary and high school children for youth led organisations, where he learnt first hand how important play is for healthy emotional and intellectual development. 

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About Philosophy Salons

Hosted by a current philosopher, Philosophy Salons actively explore one important philosopher and their ideas over a social night of wine & cheese. Philosophers selected over these evenings include a mix of thinkers from different periods, schools of thought, geographical locations and backgrounds. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher, along with three of their most relevant and proking ideas and will be given opportunities throughout the night to then discuss these in small groups, making for an interactive and social evening.

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Philosophy Salon: Hannah Arendt


When and where:
  • Mon 11 May 2020 6.30pm – 9pm
    Hotel Esplanade,11 The Esplanade, St Kilda VIC 3182

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Full price: $45
Concession: $36
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