Hannah Arendt ja identiteetti. Modernia vai postmodernia ajattelua?

Hannah Arendt on identity: modern or postmodern thinking?

The article discusses the tension between modern and postmodern themes in Hannah Arendt's work with special emphasis on the questions of identity. Does Arendt actually go, and how far does she go in the postmodern direction of conceiving identities as effects of repetitious actions without foundation, beginning, core or origin. How far does she actually follow the modern orientation towards foundations, first origins and new beginnings? Arendt's orientation is looked at in terms of various identity-issues: individual identity as well as gender and ethnicity as identities. The article argues that in Arendt's thought certain postmodern themes (storytelling, promising) merge with modern foundationalism. A core uniqueness of an individual ("who") is central in Arendt's  thought and it is tied to the fact of  birth. However, Arendt also uses "the birth" as referring to the social origin of a person, to family background, to class, to cultural heritage, and in many of Arendt's texts, discussed in the article, a link between corporeality and nationality appears. It is important to pay attention to which direction the Arendtian heritage is further developed: even if the "postmodernizing" interpretations are the most interesting ones, it is good to be aware of the very modern nature of much of Arendt's thought.

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