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Hannah Arendt. Politics, History and Citizenship. Edition No. 1. Key Contemporary Thinkers

  • ID: 2247437
  • Book
  • July 1993
  • 269 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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The new study provides a fresh and timely reassessment of the political philosophy of Hannah Arendt. While analysing the central themes of Arendt's work, Phillip Hansen also shows that her work makes a significant contribution to contemporary debates. Specifically, Hansen argues that Arendt provides a powerful account of what it means to think and act politically. This account can establish the grounds for a contemporary citizen rationality in the face of threat to a genuine politics.

Amoung other issues, Hansen discusses Arendt's conception of history and historical action; her account of politics and of the distinction between public and private; her analysis of totalitarianism as the most ominous form of 'false ' politics; and her treatment of revolution.

The book is a balanced and opportune reappraisal of Arendt's contributions to social and political theory. It will be welcomed by students and scholars in politics, sociology and philosophy.

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Introduction.

1. History and the Decline of Politics.

2. Freedom, Action and the Public Realm:.

Hannah Arendt's Polis and the Foundations of a Genuine Politics.

3. The Public Realm under Siege:.

False Politics and the Modern Age.

4.Totalitarianism.

5. Revolution.

6. What is Thinking Politically? .

Conclusion: Whither Political Theory?.

Notes.

Index.

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Phillip Hansen University of Regina, Canada.
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