hannah arendt: existential phenomenology and political freedom

  title={hannah arendt: existential phenomenology and political freedom},
  author={Wayne F. Allen},
  journal={Philosophy \& Social Criticism},
  pages={170 - 190}
  • Wayne F. Allen
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Social Criticism
This paper has three purposes: first, to explicate the ex istential basis of Arendt's theory of action. This will be done by first tracing the intellectual derivation of Arendt's existentialism and the modifications she made to fit it in to her public realm. Second, I will demonstrate the con nection between Arendt's existentialism and her formula tion of political freedom. Third, I will illustrate throughout that Arendt's political ideas, if they are to be properly understood, must be subsumed… 

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  • p. 199. 26. Ibid., p. 199. 27. Ibid., p. 199. 28
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