The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Page No. 343 - 348

Understanding and “The Political” in Hannah Arendt’s Thought

Authors : Ali Tadayyon Rad, Hoseyn Masoud Nia and Seyad Amirmasoud Shahram Nia

Abstract: A core aspect of Arendt’s political theories is the idea that in order to theoretically understand politics or “the political”, it indeed has to be understood and described in hermeneutical terms, although, Arendt herself explicitly don’t use the term “political hermeneutics” and there is no elaborate and explicit theory of hermeneutics in her writings and there is not any theory of hermeneutics in her respective ideas about politics and “the political”. In this essay, I want to show common aspects and features between understanding and the political in Hannah Arendt main works including human condition, life of mind and essay in understanding. In Arendt’s thought, politic and understanding are the other side of each others and in her main exquisite insights and ideas, political activity or action is the same interpretative reality of human beings.

How to cite this article:

Ali Tadayyon Rad, Hoseyn Masoud Nia and Seyad Amirmasoud Shahram Nia, 2016. Understanding and “The Political” in Hannah Arendt’s Thought. The Social Sciences, 11: 343-348.

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