By Karin A. Fry
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Hannah Arendt is taken into account to be probably the most influential political thinkers of the 20th century. the large breadth of her paintings areas specific calls for at the pupil coming to her notion for the 1st time. In Arendt: A consultant for the Perplexed, Karin Fry explores the systematic nature of Arendt's political idea that arose in keeping with the political controversies of her time and describes how she sought to check a coherent framework for puzzling over politics in a brand new method. Thematically dependent and masking all of Arendt's key writings and ideas, this publication is designed in particular to satisfy the wishes of scholars coming to her paintings for the 1st time.
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Arendt supports the ancient Greek view that construes of labor as being enslaved by necessity and a form of deprivation because a life of labor originally meant that one was deprived of public life (HC 83). In fact, Arendt believes that the unfortunate institution of slavery emerged from a desire to exclude labor from making any demands upon the upper classes at all (HC 84). Yet, Arendt notes that there can also be a blessing and joy in the activity of labor, by living within the cycles of nature and enjoying the pleasure of that kind of pursuit (PA 172).
Since animals are also subject to the demands of nature, this kind of human activity is closest to animal activity. Labor is a necessary precondition for politics because one’s needs must be taken care of before it is possible to focus on political concerns, but the activity of labor is decisively different from the category of political action. Political action occurs publicly and allows for freedom, while labor concerns the necessity of the demands of nature that occur in private for Arendt. Work, in contrast to labor, fabricates more permanent structures, such as shelter and furniture that allow persons to begin to separate from nature.
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.
Arendt: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides For The Perplexed) by Karin A. Fry