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The Promise of Politics (Paperback)

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By Hannah Arendt, Jerome Kohn (Editor)
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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 end that lies outside of itself, argues Arendt, when force is used to create freedom, the very existence of political principles is imperiled.

About the Author

Hannah Arendt was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1906, fled to Paris in 1933, and came to the United States after the outbreak of World War II. She was editorial director of Schocken Books from 1946 to 1948. She taught at Berkeley, Princeton, the University of Chicago, and The New School for Social Research. Arendt died in 1975. "From the Hardcover edition."

Praise For…

"A brilliantly erudite and imaginative book."
--Adam Kirsch, The New York Sun

“By insisting that politics remain a promise rather than a threat, Arendt offers a hope that history has yet to justify.”
The New York Sun

“Arendt demonstrated, brilliantly, how our habitual view of politics as an instrument in the service of private liberty, material gain, and social prosperity actually increases the dangers posed by the modern world.”
–Dana R. Villa, author of Arendt and Heidegger and Socratic Citizenship

Product Details
ISBN: 9780805212136
ISBN-10: 0805212132
Publisher: Schocken Books Inc
Publication Date: June 19th, 2007
Pages: 218
Language: English