Arendt Reading Aristotle

  • Rebecca DewEmail author
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My second chapter attributes Arendt’s derivation of moral understanding, judgment and political space to her reading of Aristotle. I hold that Arendt’s estimation of Aristotle’s valuation of friendship and the necessity of practical wisdom, moral virtue and deliberative choice is essential to what she conceives and esteems as the political. Like Aristotle, Arendt distinguishes between potentiality and actuality, and like Aristotle, Arendt values prudential acting and thinking—both speculative and deliberative, spectatorial and intentional—as essential to not only the capable body politic but to the specific person’s happiness.


Aristotle Eudaimonia Hannah Arendt Ideology Phronēsis 


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