By Karin A. Fry
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Hannah Arendt is taken into account to be probably the most influential political thinkers of the 20 th century. the large breadth of her paintings areas specific calls for at the pupil coming to her suggestion for the 1st time. In Arendt: A advisor for the Perplexed, Karin Fry explores the systematic nature of Arendt's political inspiration that arose in keeping with the political controversies of her time and describes how she sought to ascertain a coherent framework for wondering politics in a brand new means. Thematically based and masking all of Arendt's key writings and concepts, this e-book is designed particularly to fulfill the wishes of scholars coming to her paintings for the 1st time.
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Totalitarian governments are worse than tyrannical governments that seek to undermine active critics through violence because totalitarianism takes away many of the means from which to think, question and challenge the state at all (OT 474). Arendt believes that one reason that totalitarianism is effective and takes hold in communities is that common sense loses a grip on reality. Without being able to freely exchange ideas with other persons 19 ARENDT: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED and by being completely isolated, the extreme goals of the movement are never checked by the reality of conditions.
However, rather than searching the philosophical tradition for ideas about how the political realm should be theorized, Arendt returns to prephilosophical categories in order to recapture the importance of politics and the active life in democratic Athens. 17 Most of the discussion in The Human Condition concerns tracing the various components of the active life back to their conceptual origins in order to understand how concern with activity was sacrificed by the philosophical tradition for an almost exclusive focus on contemplation.
Since the meaning of the story can be revised, Arendt believes storytelling ‘reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it’ and allows for different interpretations of the meaning of an action 25 ARENDT: A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED in the future (MDT 105). 12 Storytelling allows a community to come to terms with free political action of the citizens without having to invent an explanation concerning the aims or processes of history. In contrast to teleological versions of history, human dignity is restored because human beings are the ultimate judgers of history and history is not decided by invisible historical or natural forces behind our backs.