Hannah Arendt on Tradition and New Beginnings

Agnes Heller

in Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2001 | ISBN: 9780520220560
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923669 | DOI:
Hannah Arendt on Tradition and New Beginnings

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This chapter discusses three different Arendtian stories, the first from The Origins of Totalitarianism, the second from The Human Condition, and the third from On Revolution. One of Arendt's greatest achievements is the way in which, in stories like these, the meanings of the concept of new beginnings and the concept of tradition shift and do not let themselves be fitted together in a unified and comprehensive theory. In a world that is brittle, the stories better remain brittle, too. Arendt's stories are always about here and now, because they are also stories of the just here and the just now, of the nunc stans of discontinuity, where they are situated.

Keywords: Arendtian stories; discontinuity; tradition shift; On Revolution

Chapter.  5882 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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