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Thinking and Acting

Steve Buckler

in Hannah Arendt and Political Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639021
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639021.003.0002
Thinking and Acting

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Any survey of Arendt's work as a whole reveals the fact that a concern with the experience of thinking is a consistent theme throughout: from early pieces such as ‘Understanding and Politics’, first published in 1953, right through to ‘Thinking and Moral Considerations’(1974). Her concern with the relation between thinking and acting was augmented, following her observation of the trial of Adolph Eichmann in 1961, with a commensurate concern as to the possible relation between thoughtlessness and evil. Arendt's concern is with thinking as a form of reflection, rather than as technical or practical reasoning, and with its relation to worldly action; in essence, to politics.

Keywords: thinking; Hannah Arendt; reflection; evil; Adolph Eichmann

Chapter.  9970 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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