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The Origin of the PoliticalHannah Arendt or Simone Weil?$
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Roberto Esposito

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823276264

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823276264.001.0001

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Beginn, Anfang, Ursprung

Beginn, Anfang, Ursprung

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The Origin of the Political

Roberto Esposito

, Vincenzo Binetti, Gareth Williams
Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the two distinct and even contradictory readings of origin that lie in pursuit of each other in Arendt, alternating and intertwining throughout the entirety of her work. The first is of a deconstructive nature, while the second is constitutive. In order to identify them separately—and before turning to the antonymic point at which they converge—the chapter returns to two authors who were both very much present in Arendt's formative years. The first is Nietzsche and, more specifically, the “genealogist” Nietzsche, who was considered by Foucault to be the first to deconstruct the sacred conceptualization of origin. The second is Walter Benjamin, to whom Arendt dedicated one of her most forceful essays, the “Gnoseological Foreword” to Benjamin's Origin of German Tragic Drama.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, origin, Nietzsche, Walter Benjamin, philosophy

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