Tentativeness and Permeability in the Poitical Thought of Hannah Arendt

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dc.contributor.advisor Hansen, Phillip
dc.contributor.author Colgan, Alexander Read
dc.date.accessioned 2012-08-31T16:35:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-08-31T16:35:31Z
dc.date.issued 2011-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10294/3560
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought, University of Regina. iv, 105 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract Hannah Arendt’s distinction between public and private rests upon a distinction between freedom and necessity that many have argued is ontological and thus immutable. This essay disputes that interpretation by discussing the tentative foundations of Arendt’s work on history and the human condition, in order to argue that this distinction stems not from a phenomenological essentialism but rather a meditation on historical forms of living-together that explicitly rejects notions of human nature and causality in history. This tentativeness stems from what Arendt regarded as the disastrous tendency of philosophy to systematize the chaos and disorder of human affairs, so that Arendt claims that the role of political theory is not to preclude or supersede political debate and deliberation, but rather to “think what we are doing.” This interpretation of Arendt’s thought is supported by her shift towards the Roman republic and praise of grassroots political councils, as well as her notions of understanding and judgment as they are reflected in her writings. Ultimately it is shown that freedom and necessity in human affairs are not absolute categories beyond amendment, but two halves of a fluid distinction that is only valid in an inevitably tentative and incomplete hindsight. This has significant implications both for contemporary interpretations of Arendt’s thought and for the politicization of social issues. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975--Political and social views
dc.subject.lcsh Political science--Philosophy
dc.title Tentativeness and Permeability in the Poitical Thought of Hannah Arendt en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts (MA) en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline Social and Political Thought en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Regina en
thesis.degree.department Department of Philosophy and Classics en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Drury, Shadia
dc.contributor.committeemember Ward, Ann
dc.contributor.externalexaminer Burch, Robert R.


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