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Arendt in crisis: Political thought in between past and future

dc.contributor.author Norberg, J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-24T00:17:51Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12-01
dc.identifier.issn 0093-3139
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5919
dc.description.abstract For Hannah Arendt, a crisis occurs when we can no longer rely on the prejudices that ordinarily guide us through the world. Every crisis is, therefore, an occasion to reflect upon tradition. By eroding our shared background beliefe, however, the crisis also weakens our ability to communicate and cooperate with each other. The crisis thus confronts us with the question of what community is possible when we do not have anything in common. Arendt's own answer is found in the community of judgment. Insofar as reflective judgments involve soliciting the potential agreement of others, they confirm that some common ground remains despite the loss of shared prejudices. Indeed, only when we cannot take consensus for granted are we truly attentive to others. By focusing on the tenuous togetherness of crisis, Arendt's work shows us that groups supported by shared values, traditions, and purposes are not necessarily political in nature.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.relation.ispartof College Literature
dc.title Arendt in crisis: Political thought in between past and future
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Norberg, J|0487400
duke.description.issue 1
duke.description.volume 38
dc.relation.journal College Literature
pubs.begin-page 132
pubs.end-page 149
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Germanic Languages
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 38
dc.identifier.eissn 1542-4286


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