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Theory and Method

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/9780748639021.003.0003
Theory and Method

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The sense that thinking is now required to be thinking against the tradition, without support of traditional intellectual reference points, and, along with this, the recognition of the fact that our very awareness of this requirement has been made available by our recent, world-changing experiences, allows us to consider a further mediation in the light of what unexpected events may have to say to us; what we can refer to, again in the light of opposition to the tradition, as a temporal mediation. This chapter suggests that these mediations play a significant role in understanding how Arendt goes about the business of political theory. Meanwhile, the claim that the use of narrative constitutes a definitive formal characterisation of Arendt's method is unconvincing. It is only one formal device in her discursive armoury.

Keywords: mediation; Hannah Arendt; political theory; narrative

Chapter.  8823 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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