Fall 2023

Arendt's Judgments

Listed in: Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-253


Adam Sitze (Section 01)


Fearlessly independent, tenaciously unclassifiable, frequently controversial, and always thought-provoking, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) is without question one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century. Setting aside the conventional interpretation of Arendt as a political theorist, this course will focus on Arendt’s contributions to the study of law, with special attention to Arendt’s unusual inquiries into human rights, international criminal law, constitutional law, and civil disobedience. By carefully reading select writings by Arendt alongside key events in twentieth century history, we shall trace in Arendt’s texts a relation between thought, crisis, and judgment that is often occluded by the dominant reception of her thought. Along the way, we shall ask how Arendt arrived at her various judgments, what it means for thought to relate to law and to the world, and why judgment might offer a way to respond to, and live through, the crises of one’s present.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professor Sitze.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference given to LJST majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: (a) emphasis on written work, and (b) emphasis on heavy readings.

LJST 253 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM OCTA 200
Th 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM OCTA 200

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Origins of Totalitarianism, New Edition With Added Prefaces Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
Eichmann in Jerusalem Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
Between Past and Future Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
Responsibility and Judgment Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
Crises of the Republic Hannah Arendt Amherst Books TBD
Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World, Second Edition Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2022, Fall 2023