MASSES AND CULTURE
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Democracy and Cultural Equality in the Work of Hannah Arendt.
Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier and Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis
Rémi Baudouï is known for his studies on urban planning and his recent publication work editing Le Corbusier’s correspondence. He rereads Hannah Arendt for us, setting her writings on culture back into a broad historiographical context. The better to grasp her thought overall, he does not confine himself to the much-talked-about texts brought together in Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought (1972 French translation: La crise de la culture). He takes a broader look, both downstream and upstream, going all the way to The Life of the Mind, which was published two years after Arendt’s death.
Baudouï asks whether it is possible for the philosopher, beyond the condemnation of mass culture, to build a democratic and egalitarian political theory of culture for all, a culture that would also contribute to the blossoming of each. Let us not speak in his stead. What I retain in passing is that what politics and art have in common is the concern to question reality in order to change the world