Arendt’s ‘conscious pariah’ and the ambiguous figure of the subaltern

  title={Arendt’s ‘conscious pariah’ and the ambiguous figure of the subaltern},
  author={Larry J. Ray and Maria Diemling},
  journal={European Journal of Social Theory},
  pages={503 - 520}
  • L. RayM. Diemling
  • Published 25 January 2016
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal of Social Theory
Hannah Arendt’s Jewish writings were central to her thinking about the human condition and engaged with the dialectics of modernity, universalism and identity. Her concept of the ‘conscious pariah’ attempted both to define a role for the public intellectual and understand the relationship between Jews and modernity. Controversially she accused Jewish victims of lack of resistance to the Nazis and argued that their victimization resulted from apolitical ‘worldlessness’. We argue that although… 
2 Citations

‘Reflections on Little Rock’ and Reflective Judgment

Abstract Reflections on Little Rock (RLR) is one of Hannah Arendt’s most controversial writings. Read from the perspective of the political philosopher, it appears even more contentious than her




Aporias of belonging: Jean Améry on ‘being a Jew without Judaism’ and the tradition of conscious pariah

The figure of the Jewish pariah has permeated Western cultural imagination, as demonstrated, for example, by the re-emergence of the medieval myth of Ahasverus, the Wandering Jew, in modern

The Attack of the Blob: Hannah Arendt's Concept of the Social

This study seeks to resolve the paradox of Hannah Arendt's ideas; that she intended her work to liberate and empower and to restore our capacity for concerted political action whilst at the same time

Arendt's Denktagebuch, 1950–1973: An Unwritten Ethics for the Human Condition?

Summary This paper provides an interpretation of the movement of Arendt's thought in her Denktagebuch, from 1950 to 1973. This movement results in an incipient political philosophy based on new

Hannah Arendt and the Jewish Question

Hannah Arendt (1906­ 1975) was one of the most original and interesting political thinkers of the twentieth century. In this new interpretation of her career, philosopher Richard Bernstein situates

Two faces of universalism: Jewish emancipation and the Jewish question

Universalism shows two faces to Jews: an emancipatory face manifest in movements for legal recognition of Jews as equal citizens and for social recognition of Jews as equal human beings; a repressive

Hannah Arendt on the Secular

Despite the current debate about the concept of secularization and the poli tics of secularism around the world, Hannah Arendt has not generally been understood as a proponent of either. But her most

Boundaries, identity and belonging in modern Judaism

The drawing of boundaries has always been a key part of the Jewish tradition and has served to maintain a distinctive Jewish identity. At the same time, these boundaries have consistently been

A Goy Who Speaks Yiddish: Christians and the Jewish Language in Early Modern Germany

This book explores the unique phenomenon of Christian engagement with Yiddish language and literature from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. By exploring the

Arendt on revolution

In On Revolution Hannah Arendt tried to settle accounts with both the liberal-democratic and Marxist traditions; that is, with the two dominant traditions of modern political thought which, in one

Two Nations in Your Womb: Perceptions of Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages

List of Illustrations Preface to the Hebrew Edition Preface to the English Edition 1. Introduction: Et Major Serviet Minori (And the Elder Will Serve the Younger) The Thematic Framework The Early