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The Origin of the Political: Hannah Arendt or Simone Weil?

Roberto Esposito


This book explores the conceptual trajectories of two of the twentieth century's most vital thinkers of the political: Hannah Arendt and Simone Weil. Taking Homer's Iliad as the common origin and point of departure for our understanding of Western philosophical and political traditions, the book examines the foundational relation between war and the political. Drawing actively and extensively on Arendt's and Weil's voluminous writings, but also sparring with thinkers from Marx to Heidegger, the book traverses the relation between polemos and polis, between Greece, Rome, God, force, technicity, ... More

Keywords: Hannah Arendt, Simone Weil, Western philosophy, peace, war, Western politics, love, heroism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780823276264
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823276264.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roberto Esposito, author
The Scuola Normale Superiore