2020-01Discussion Papers, Comments, Book Reviews
The Broken Promise of Philosophy?


/Review: Paulina Sosnowska, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger: Philosophy, Modernity, and Education (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019), 251 pages./

What is the vocation of philosophy? Should it be defined in terms of political or economic needs, or rather should philosophy autonomously establish its own goals and norms? One might say that philosophy began with questioning the place and role of philosophical thought. It remains one of its most interesting – at least for philosophers themselves – issues. This kind of question constitutes the inevitable background of every research project that concerns the problem of the task of philosophy. The book written by Paulina Sosnowska could be viewed as another attempt to answer this question, but in a truly hermeneutical manner; in other words, via the historical study of the relationship between the philosophy of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. This historical research, it should be emphasized, takes into account not only the internal, purely intellectual dynamics of Heidegger’s and Arendt’s thought, but includes extensive research on the important events that shaped their lives as well as their thought.

How to cite:

Zbrzeźniak, Urszula. “The Broken Promise of Philosophy?” Eidos. A Journal for Philosophy of Culture 4, no. 1 (2020): 117-120. https://doi.org/10.14394/eidos.jpc.2020.0011.


Urszula Zbrzeźniak
Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw
Krakowskie Przedmieście 3, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland

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