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Sheldon S. Wolin and Nicholas Xenos

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691133645

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691133645.001.0001

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Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt

Democracy and the Political

(p.237) Chapter 11 Hannah Arendt
Fugitive Democracy

Sheldon S. Wolin

, Nicholas Xenos
Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the origins of the antidemocratic strain in Hannah Arendt's thought, tracing it from its beginnings in her classic study of totalitarianism to its apogee in her next major work, The Human Condition. It then shows that in her later writings a change is evident. It appeared first in the last chapter of On Revolution (1963) and more strikingly in the collection of essays, Crises of the Republic (1969). While on the way to what can fairly be described as a leftward position, she modified some of her most characteristic categories. Within limits, and in her own way, she was in the course of reflecting upon the political events of the 1960s, radicalized.

Keywords:   anti-democracy, Hannah Arendt, political theory, The Human Condition

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