Phil 1100 the meaning of life seminar 11 hannah

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PHIL 1100 — The Meaning of Life Seminar 11 | Oct. 10, 2019 Hannah Arendt: The Human Condition Earth & The Human Condition - Arendt begins by looking ate humanity’s venture into space —> rather than greet this event with joy the commonly expressed sentiment was “Man will not be bound to the earth forever” - What was expressed was a partial reflection of older, religious/philosophical claims about earthly existence; the world as a “veil of tears”, the body as a prison of soul/mind - Arendt claims this statement about not being bound to the earth, though, is even more extraordinary in that it indicates that we have done more than repudiate God but have repudiated the earth itself - “The earth is the quintessence of human condition” - The only planet that is neon to permit human existence “without artifice” —> what is artifice? - With artifice human life has been conditioned, separated from other animals —> this conditioning, and the current conditions underpinned by this existence, in that we seek to escape the current strictures of human life - In pursuing this rebellion we are faced with the problem of destroying the conditions of existence which is “a political question of the first order” Knowledge Over Though - “It could be that we, who are earth bound creatures, and have begun to act as though we were dwellers of the universe, will forever be unable to understand, that is, to think and speak about the things that we are nevertheless able to do…if it should turn out to be true that knowledge (in the modern sense of know-how) and thought have parted company for good, then we would indeed become the helpless slaves, not so much of our machines as of our know-how, thoughtless creatures at the mercy of every gadget which is technically possible…” - Our ability to have a meaningful existence is derived from our ability to communicate (language and speech) - What if the separation of knowledge and thought means that things become incommunicable? - The meaning of our knowledge could end up existing in a language beyond human speech - The knowledge could become so immense that thinking it becomes nearly impossible - If we can no longer understand or express the meaning of our knowledge then the conditions for a meaningful life might collapse - Humans “can express meaningfulness because only they can talk with and make sense to each other and to themselves” Automation - Automation has the potential of liberating humanity from one of its oldest conditions, labour itself - The desire to be free form labour is not new, and Arendt notes that the privileged have always been able yo exempt themselves from this natural necessity because of the labour performed by many others - But modern society is a society of labourers so to emancipate humanity from labour, without any larger sense of meaning, results in “a society of labourers without labour”
“What We Are Doing” - “I confine myself, on the one hand, to analysis of those capacities which grow out of the

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