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Public ThingsDemocracy in Disrepair$
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Bonnie Honig

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276400

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276400.001.0001

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Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott

Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott

(p.37) Lecture Two Care and Concern: Arendt with Winnicott
Public Things

Bonnie Honig

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines “things” in Hannah Arendt's work in relation to D. W. Winnicott's object relations. Hoping to generate a lexicon for a political theory of public things, it analyzes Arendt's The Human Condition together with Winnicott's work. It notes the convergence of Winnicott and Arendt on the value of care and concern for the world and for others and argues that there is a case to be made for seeing Arendt as a kind of object-relations theorist whose concepts, along with Winnicott's, call attention to the centrality of public things to democratic life. Read with Winnicott, Arendt emerges as a thinker who is committed to the power of thingness to stabilize the flux of nature and the contingency of action.

Keywords:   public things, Hannah Arendt, D. W. Winnicott, object relations, The Human Condition, care, concern, democratic life, thingness, action

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