Arendt in Aberdeen - Online Reading Group

Arendt in Aberdeen - Online Reading Group

This is a past event

The Hannah Arendt reading group will start Thursday 9th March 4pm GMT and be held monthly Further information is available at the links below. All are welcome.

2023 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Hannah Arendt’s celebrated Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen and the two semesters she spent here in 1972 and 1973. She was the first woman to contribute to this august series, established in 1888, which is concerned with practical theology. Arendt’s lectures were published as Life of the Mind in 1977 and 1978. In this final, incomplete, work before her untimely death in December 1975, Arendt traced her commitment to what she termed ‘thinking without banisters’. Viewing thinking as the link between the active life and the moment of contemplation, Arendt underscored how critical engagement was necessary to both a healthy politics and a healthy mind. In this she implored the reader to be engaged not just in the search of truth, understood as technical expertise, but the pursuit of meaning, or moral wisdom. And it is in the dialogue between the two we find her ongoing concern for pluralism.

More information about this and other Arendt in Aberdeen events, plus how to get link to the Reading Group available here: 

Arendt in Aberdeen | The School of Divinity, History, Philosophy & Art History | The University of Aberdeen (

The meeting on 9 March will discuss Arendt's article 'We Refugees'. Co-sponosred by UoA, DHPA, SLLMVC and CISRUL, the Reading Group is open to anyone wanting to find out more about Arendt's work as well as those with an existing interest in her thought. "We Refugees" - an essay by Hannah Arendt - Amro Ali


For further information and to book to receive meeting link to the Reading Group, please contact