In this course we examine the trajectory of Hannah Arendt’s long path of thinking: from her early political writings (on the state of Israel, on totalitarianism), to the more theoretically ambitious writings of the 1950’s and 1960’s (on action, power, and the creation of political spaces), to the late work on the life of the mind (on thinking, willing, and judging). We will attempt to understand how Arendt’s overarching ‘love of the world’ informed her thought at every stage of its development, giving rise to a powerful critique of liberal democracy and preparing the groundwork for a new ‘post-totalitarian’ thinking of the political.