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Solitude and the Activity of Thinking

Roger Berkowitz

in Thinking in Dark Times

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230754
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0023
Solitude and the Activity of Thinking

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This chapter argues that Hannah Arendt's defense of political action requires attention not only to the public but to the private as well. What has been overlooked amidst all the attention to Arendt's defense of the public realm of politics over and against the rise of the social is her equally strong insistence upon a vibrant and secure private realm where active thinking is possible, secured from the unthinking habits, common opinions, and constraints of the social.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; thinking; loneliness; politics

Chapter.  4482 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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