Democracy and the Political

  • Shmuel Lederman


This chapter seeks to demonstrate that Arendt’s “space of appearances” presupposes a face-to-face interaction that is possible only in a delimited public sphere of the kind the council system she supported allows. This reading of Arendt resists recent attempts to distance her from the Greek polis and its conception of politics, but this does not mean a return to an anti-modernist, Grecophile or romanticist Arendt of the kind early commentators found in her writings. Rather, the recovery of “the political” she attempted to achieve was a response to concrete political challenges she identified in the European context, namely, very modern challenges.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shmuel Lederman
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  1. 1.The Weiss-Livnat International Center for Holocaust Research and EducationThe University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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