FULL ARENDT NOTES

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Department
Political Science
Course Code
POLSCI 3CC3
Professor
Catherine Frost

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ARENDTTradition and modern age readingExercise in metatheory theory about theory and what it has been doing over the yearsAll theorists have critiquing things nothing is what you really thought it was etc no real structure behind anythingoA set of ideas that have provided foundations of political authority up until that pointExercise about how you provide foundations in the wake of all thatdevelop way of doing political theorythis is the challenge So if God is dead and truth is power then how can politics ever be anything but violenceoPredestination is goneif truth is powersystems of powerthe politics is violence not really a wonderful worldThis is attempt to see if there are alternatives thA was a jewish intellectual 20 C rise of Nazi party and saw her beloved mentor join the Nazi partyoShe flee to France you happen be the centre of hatred with your nationalityoOf all Pol theorist she has experienced the dark side of power more than anyone elseoAnd yet she is the theorist who trusts political power more than anyone elsehow does she do this She has the greatest faith in politics she believes in it as a foundational act and possibility of finding something great out of human action oInteresting thing about how she goes about this sense of all darkness and comes out with something goodoAt the root of some of this she had to come to grips with how the world produced the kind of society she found herself in and at the hands ofoBroad effort to understand political theory and it comes apart the whole process of political theory is trying to explain human experience engagement etc thoWhat you get in the 20 C is incredible science that is echo that develops once this thing comes apartAmbitions of the theory tried to do something oWe live in a period when 2000 years of pol thought has exhausted itself That is why we face this unnerving silencethoThe effect of theory early 20 century was to leave people thinking what nowoThis is loss of inherent meaning to existence that happens when tradition comes apartoGreat deal at stakeoOne basic error that unfolds over the years that explains a lot about the period main aim of reading is to trace relationship of thinking and acting these two elements have been evident in our previous theorists too 1The tradition political theory that goes all the way back to PlatoaInteresting because she thinks it has come to a collapsebOne basic error that unfolds over the years that explains a lot about the period main aim of reading is to trace relationship of thinking and acting these two elements have been evident in our previous theorists too cPlato comes up with thinking and acting as different metaphysical v lived world This effort which plato does a good job of separating thinking and acting part of the problem is we need to separate the two clarify things trying to get people thinkingdThe end is Marx look closer and figure out what the difference between these two are and see if we can make sense of the similaritiesiPlato1Reason reason justice order virtue philos kings the good forms myths enlightenment Socrates cave dialectics good cityaThese dynamics in order to get the capital letter version of things take every day version and blow it upslightly improved version and contemplate what justice actually is
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