Comments on Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Revolution

Rafał Michalski

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/szhf.2016.015

Abstract


This article contains a critical commentary on Hannah Arendt’s theory of revolution. The first part (the first two paragraphs) discusses the main categories by which the philosopher defines the essence of every revolution, namely politics, public freedom, direct democracy, action as a "praxis", council system, "novum", and pluralism. In the second part of the article argumentative deficiencies are indicated, which come down to two points: a hidden irrationality of the notion of “the political” and the excessive sharpness of the opposition between direct and parliamentary democracy.


Keywords


revolution; Hannah Arendt; politics; public freedom; direct democracy; the action; council system; novum; pluralism

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