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Humans: Humans, or Homo sapiens, are the most intelligent and widespread species of primates. Humans are characterized by bipedalism, large brains, and capacity for articulate speech and abstract reasoning. Humans are social creatures who live in complex societies. See also Society, Reason, Thinking, Brain, Intelligence, Language.
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Hannah Arendt on Humans - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 365
Human/Arendt: Arendt refers to Heidegger: In April 1953 she comments: "Ad Masstab: Heidegger's 'We are the Conditioned' apparently reverses the saying of humans as the measure of all things, in truth it only adds to it. When the human is seen as the measure of things, the question arises: And what is the measure of the human, who cannot be his own measure in the sense of 'measure'? Within a thinking that avoids all transcendence, there is only one answer to this question: "Things are the measure of the human" (1).
Grunenberg: With this she had described the dilemma of political thinking as well as Heidegger's problem of establishing a philosophy of conditionality from an a-theological perspective.
Arendt: In contrast to Heidegger, she emphasises the citizens' capacity for action and creative ability.
, >Actions, >Intentionality, >Autonomy.

1. Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch. 1950 bis 1973, hg. v. Ursula Ludz/Ingeborg Nordmann, 2 Bde., München/Zürich 2002, S. 338.

Antonia Grunenberg, „Hannah Arendt, Vita Activa oder Vom tätigen Leben“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Arendt I
H. Arendt
Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics. Civil Disobedience. On Violence. Thoughts on Politics and Revolution Boston 1972

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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