The Promise of Politics


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In The Promise of Politics, Hannah Arendt examines the conflict between philosophy and politics. In particular, she shows how the tradition of Western political thought, which extends from Plato and Aristotle to its culmination in Marx, failed to account for human action. The concluding section of the book, "Introduction into Politics," examines an issue that is as timely today as it was when Arendt first wrote about it fifty years ago-the modern prejudice against politics. When politics is considered as a means to an ...

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Apr 1, 2007

The book she did not write

This is the book that Hannah Arendt did not write. It is made up of 9 lectures and a radio broadcast. The structure and unity of the book was supplied by the editor. Some of the material is published in English for the first time.

The theme of the book is the relationship between philosophy (or the philosophy of) and politics. The discussion begins with Socrates and continues up until the modern period including references to Marxism.

In the second part of the book, there is a comparison between the Greek and the Roman conceptions of politics, which I found of special interest.

Much of the material was written under the influence of Hiroshima and The Cold War. Hannah Arendt was worried about what happens to the conduct of politics when man has the ability to destroy the world.

This book is highly recommended. It is an opportunity for English readers to get to know one of the great thinkers of the twentieth century.

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