The Human Condition

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The Human Condition

By Hannah Arendt
University of Chicago Press, 1958
332 pp. $4.75

Miss Arendt, well known for her earlier book, "The Origins of Totalitarianism," has an extraordinary talent for giving fresh meanings to everyday experiences and for revealing the staleness and fatuity of much that passes for novelty and innovation. In the present work, defined simply as an effort "to think what we are doing," she discusses man's vita activa: the meaning of human labor, work and action, and their implications in the modern age.

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