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Arendt in Anticipation

  • Rebecca DewEmail author
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My final chapter details Arendt’s adaptation of postmodern preference. Arendt accounts for the plurality of human action but does not claim to completely abandon grand narratives. She rebels against the modern fetish for totality—including its most visceral manifestation, German pan-nationalism—and seeks to substantiate plurality on the grounds of inter esse. Arendt is postmodern in her criticism of the inclination to empathy in a privatized and socialized politics. However, she is decidedly anti-postmodernist in her understanding and advocacy of political action as a morally informed proposition. Thus, to the degree Arendt is to be considered postmodern, her critique of modernity is primarily affiliated with postmodernism in the movement’s emphasis on forming connections in order to grasp shared meaning and access shared space.


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