Arendt’s Revision of Praxis: On Plurality and Narrative Experience

In Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka (ed.), Analecta Husserliana XC. Springer. pp. 465-79. (2005)
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The purpose of this paper is to examine the central role of praxis in Arendt’s conception of the human world and the structure of political life as a site of subjective interaction and narrative discourse. First, Arendt’s use of Aristotle will be presented in terms of the meaning of action as a unique philosophical category. Second, Arendt’s encounter with the work of Martin Heidegger will be shown to involve a critical response to his reading of Aristotle. Finally, the revised conception of praxis that derives from her philosophical reflections will be related to the experience of narrative as a necessary complement to human plurality.

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William Melaney
American University in Cairo


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