Between Past and Future: Eight Exercises in Political Thought

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Penguin, 1968 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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Arendt's penetrating observations of the modern world, based on a profound knowledge of the past, constitute a major contribution to political philosophy. In this book she describes the perplexing crises which modern society faces as a result of the loss of meaning of the traditional key words of politics: justice, reason, responsibility, virtue, and glory.
  

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User Review  - Alegria - Goodreads

Don't miss her take on "The Crisis in Culture" and "Truth and Politics", both essays are a must when reading tomorrow's papers. Read full review

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User Review  - Clark Maddux - Goodreads

My first time reading Arendt. I was quite taken with her essay on tradition and the impossibility of recovering the past, though as is often the case with mid-century continental writers, she seems to possess a superficial understanding of pragmatism. Read full review

Contents

The Gap between Past and Future
3
Tradition and the Modern Age
17
The Concept of History ANCIENT AND MODERN
41
What Is Authority?
91
What Is Freedom?
143
The Crisis in Education
173
The Crisis in Culture ITS SOCIAL AND ITS POLITICAL SIGNIFICANCE
197
Truth and Politics
227
The Conquest of Space and the Stature of Man
265
NOTES
283
INDEX
303
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Hannnah Arendt (1906-1975) was for many years University Professor of Political Philosophy in the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research and a Visiting Fellow of the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is also the author of Eichmann in Jerusalem, On Revolution, and Between Past and Future (all available from Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics).

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