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The Role of the Theorist

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/9780748639021.003.0008
The Role of the Theorist

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This chapter reviews the argument and the challenges that Arendt's conception of political theory presents to more orthodox contemporary approaches, in both foundational and non-foundational forms. It argues that Arendt provides potentially important correctives to the tendencies in modern political theory to resolve political questions, on the one hand, into questions of moral philosophy or, on the other, into questions of cultural convention. Each of these alternatives risks losing contact with the phenomenal terrain of politics itself, and therefore of losing the ability to deal profitably with the problems of the modern polity and the compromised democratic culture, problems that Arendt's method kept very much in the foreground.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; political theory; political questions; moral philosophy; democratic culture

Chapter.  7875 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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