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Franz Kafka’s and Hannah Arendt’s perceptions of membership in a human community
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Ethics.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the complex, paradoxical and tortuous relationship between human, nonhuman and inhuman in the fiction of Franz Kafka and the philosophy of Hannah Arendt in connection with the issues of the ethical importance of being human and the political processes that produces the ideological concept of “the human.” Whereas Arendt, as a philosopher, is especially concerned with the legal or quasi-legal norms that should entitle every subject, even a stateless refugee, to appear as a member in a political community, Kafka, as a literary writer, analyzes the social norms of “imagination” that determine whether a human being appears to fellow human beings as a member of the human community at all.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
Kafka, Arendt, legal vacuum, rightlesnesss, injustice
National Category
Ethics Philosophy Languages and Literature
Research subject
Ethics; Aesthetics; Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-283043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-283043DiVA: diva2:918080
Conference
Ethics and Literature. First International Conference,Porto Portugal, 21-23 May, 2015
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2014-968
Available from: 2016-04-09 Created: 2016-04-09 Last updated: 2017-02-03

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