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By Hannah Arendt

Arendt describes the lack of which means of the normal keywords of politics: justice, cause, accountability, advantage, glory. via a chain of 8 workouts, she indicates how we will be able to redistill once again the very important essence of those options.

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1 He tells us in the first sentence of the Persian Wars that the purpose of his enter- to preserve that which owes its existence to men, rot yevo/jceva prise c av0pco7rw, lest it be obliterated by time, and to bestow upon the is glorious, wondrous deeds of Greeks and barbarians sufficient praise remembrance by posterity and thus make their glory to assure their shine through the centuries. This tells us a great deal and yet does not tell us enough. For us, concern with immortality is not a matter of course, and Herodotus, was a matter of course to him, does not tell us much about His understanding of the task of history to save human deeds since this it.

Life. When in late antiquity speculations began about the nature of in the sense of a historical process and about the historical history fate of nations, their rise and fall, where the particular actions and events were engulfed in a whole, it was at once assumed that these processes must be circular. The historical movement began to be construed in the image of biological life. In terms of ancient philosophy, this could mean that the world of history had been reintegrated world of nature, the world of the mortals into the universe forever.

If Marx had been merely a "materialist" who brought Hegel's "idealism" down to earth, his influence would have been as short-lived and limited to scholarly quarrels as that of his contemporaries. Hegel's basic assumption was that the dialectical movement of thought is identical with the dialectical movement of matter itself. Thus he which Descartes had opened between res cogitans, and the world, defined as res extensa, hoped, to bridge the abyss man, defined as between cognition and reality, homelessness of modern man thinking and being.

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