Promise of Politics

Promise of Politics - Promise of Politics Hannah...

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Promise of Politics Hannah Arendt -immigrated from Germany during WWII ( Jewish) -became a Professor Philosophy vs. Politics Dialectic vs. Persuasion (p. 13) Dialectic -only possible as a dialogue between two Persuasion (p. 14-15) -comes from opinion ( doxa ) -does not come from truth -addresses the multitudes (multitudes have opinions) Opinion ( doxa ) is the background for Persuasion ( peithein ) -Opinion is the formulation in speech “of what appears to me” -Opinion is a comprehension of the world “as it opens itself to me” doxa also means splendor and fame -asserting opinion requires being seen and heard (public not private) -thus every citizen has his own doxa Maieutic Socrates
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Socrates as gadfly Tried to improve the doxa , but is inconclusive By sharing, it becomes more common -gains special articulateness -expands over time -begins to constitute a little world of its own which is shared in friendship ( Socrates tried to make friends out of Athen’s citizens) Community and the maieutic
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