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Brocker I 356
Thinking/Arendt: Thesis: A new type of thinking corresponds to human actions in modernism (see Modernism/Arendt). Scientific abstraction increasingly takes the place of communicative and judgmental thinking and speaking (1). Philosophy has fallen victim to this development in that it has turned away from the world and turned towards abstract thinking. Once a servant of theology and queen of science, it has become an appendage of technology and science. Philosophers would explain the course of the world only post festum (2).
Brocker I 362
The common understanding about the welfare of the community has receded behind the active life (working and producing). From now on, thinking has to be constantly in need of proof to be applicable and useful. This would result in an insolvable dilemma: Creating meaning together does not result from the automatic processes of labour and production. But if labour (and production) are declared the only foundation for meaning and legitimacy in the lives of individuals and in society, then that dimension of common in freedom that goes beyond life is missing.


1. Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, Chicago 1958. Dt.: Hannah Arendt, Vita Activa oder Vom tätigen Leben, München/Zürich 61989 (zuerst 1960), S. 10f.
2.Ibid. p. 286f.

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


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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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