Hannah Arendt as Peter Pan

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Hannah Arendt’s classical republicanism is different from most, since it emphasizes a politics of heroism over civicism and of creativity over adversity. However, in identifying creative heroes with those who engage in Aristotelian action (praxis) rather than making (poiesis), Arendt assumes that these actions are performed strictly for their own sake. As a result, she aestheticizes politics. The claim is then made that there is something childish about this, since children are the quintessential aesthetes. But while children may be seen as motivated by no more than enjoyment, Arendt’s turn to “the aesthetic” has an additional, deeper purpose: it is her way of reconciling herself to a world that contains evil.
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