Within the heart’s darkness: The role of emotions in Arendt’s political thought

  title={Within the heart’s darkness: The role of emotions in Arendt’s political thought},
  author={Dan Degerman},
  journal={European Journal of Political Theory},
  pages={153 - 173}
  • Dan Degerman
  • Published 1 April 2019
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal of Political Theory
Interest in the political relevance of the emotions is growing rapidly. In light of this, Hannah Arendt’s claim that the emotions are apolitical has come under renewed fire. But many critics have misunderstood her views on the relationship between individuals, emotions and the political. This paper addresses this issue by reconstructing the conceptual framework through which Arendt understands the emotions. Arendt often describes the heart – where the emotions reside – as a place of darkness. I… 
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