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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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Solitude and the Activity of Thinking

Solitude and the Activity of Thinking

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(p.237) Solitude and the Activity of Thinking
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Thinking in Dark Times
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Roger Berkowitz

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230754.003.0023

This chapter argues that Hannah Arendt's defense of political action requires attention not only to the public but to the private as well. What has been overlooked amidst all the attention to Arendt's defense of the public realm of politics over and against the rise of the social is her equally strong insistence upon a vibrant and secure private realm where active thinking is possible, secured from the unthinking habits, common opinions, and constraints of the social.

Keywords:   Hannah Arendt, thinking, loneliness, politics

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