Arendt Reading Kant

  • Rebecca DewEmail author
Part of the International Political Theory book series (IPoT)


This chapter discusses the relation of Augustine’s conception of the Will to Arendt’s formation of natality and connects this to Kant’s explication of judgment, freedom and imagination as Arendt understands and employs them. In particular, Arendt relies on Kant’s theorization of the sensus communis and an enlarged mentality in both her Lectures and The Life of the Mind to grasp political judgment. I argue that even though Arendt’s reliance on Kant may not always have been accurate or complete, this decision was likely deliberate on her part, and it does not negate, although it might limit, the impact of his work on hers.


Augustine Hannah Arendt Immanuel Kant Political judgment The Life of the Mind 


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