Equality, Freedom and the Public Sphere: Towards an Educated Citizenry

  • Jon NixonEmail author
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The three central chapters (Chaps.  2–4 inclusive) focus on key themes to which Arendt returned throughout her life. Chapter 4 focuses specifically on equality, freedom and the public sphere. The central sections of the chapter focus on the idea of equality as the recognition of difference; the paradox of human freedom exercised in a world of competing freedoms; and the notion of an educated citizenry. Again, this chapter—like the previous two chapters—concludes with some crucial questions regarding the implications of this thematic for the practice of teaching and learning and the overall ends and purposes of education.


Authority Citizenship Democracy Difference Equality Freedom Learning Public sphere Recognition Teaching 


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  1. 1.Visiting Professor Middlesex UniversityLondonUK

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