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Arendt on the Political

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2020.09.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David Arndt, Arendt on the Political, Cambridge University Press, 2019, 282pp., $99.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781108498319. Reviewed by Shmuel Lederman, Weiss-Livnat Center for Holocaust Research and Education at the University of Haifa David Arndt's book is an excellent exposition of Arendt's political thought. Anyone interested in Arendt would benefit from the clear presentation and analysis of the main concepts and ideas Arendt thought through in her writings; the careful distinctions he offers between the meanings Arendt gave to these concepts and the more common understanding of them; and the useful theoretical and historical background by which Arndt contextualizes Arendt's contributions to political theory. In particular, Arndt's emphasis on the importance of what he calls Arendt's "pure" concept of the political, namely the way she explored the meaning of politics as a unique human activity, distinct from any other human experience, illuminates how Arendt thought about the... Read More

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