Hannah Arendt: Thinking between Past and Future


  • Yuliana Leal-Granobles Universidad del Cauca




thought, dark times, present, contingency, fragility


This essay aims to analyze Arendt’s reflections on the activity of thinking. This activity is essential to understanding our present and reconciling ourselves with contingency and human fragility. Unlike the philosophical tradition that has vindicated contemplative thinking, Arendt recovers the lost treasure of reflective thinking through the portraits of thinkers, such as Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Walter Benjamin, Socrates, Immanuel Kant, and Franz Kafka. In dark times, when the public sphere is destroyed, the challenge of “thinking without banisters” implies an act of political resistance, by trying to examine the devastating reality, even if the answers are not what we would like to see and hear. Through reflective thinking, we can open up to the world and the drama of human freedom with its heterogeneities and destructive leaks.

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Author Biography

Yuliana Leal-Granobles, Universidad del Cauca

Doctora en Filosofía por la Pontifica Católica de Chile en cotutela con el Doctorado en Ciudadanía en Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Barcelona. Profesora del Departamento de Filosofía de la Universidad del Cauca. Co- directora del Grupo de Investigación Cultura y Política. Líneas de investigación: historia de la filosofía, filosofía política, ética y formación ciudadana.


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How to Cite

Leal-Granobles, Y. (2023). Hannah Arendt: Thinking between Past and Future. Estudios De Filosofía, (68), 195–216. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.352171

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