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Thinking in Dark TimesHannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics$
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Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz, and Thomas Keenan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823230754

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823230754.001.0001

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Promising and Civil Disobedience

Promising and Civil Disobedience

Arendt's political Modernism

(p.115) Promising and Civil Disobedience
Thinking in Dark Times

J. M. Bernstein

Fordham University Press

This chapter argues that civil disobedience reveals that the truth of revolutionary founding is always a re-founding. If action is essentially beginning, and beginning is best exemplified by revolutionary founding, and founding finally is completed in the re-founding that is civil disobedience, then civil disobedience is the fulfilment of Arendt's political doctrine. Civil disobedience as refounding is renewing; it is the return of the new in its double conditionality: always dependent on the radical past it exceeds and the repressive present it repudiates; because so conditioned, it reveals the political as always failing (ready to be lost, again).

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, democracy, civil disobedience

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