Yar, M. (2000) From actor to spectator: Hannah Arendt's 'two theories' of political judgment. Philosophy and Social Criticism, 26 (2). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1461-734XFull text not available from this repository.
The question of judgment has become one of the central problems in recent social, political and ethical thought. This paper explores Hannah Arendt's decisive contribution to this debate by attempting to reconstruct analytically two distinctive perspectives on judgment from the corpus of her writings. By exploring her relation to Aristotelian and Kantian sources, and by uncovering debts and parallels to key thinkers such as Benjamin and Heidegger, it is argued that Arendt's work pinpoints the key antinomy within political judgment itself, that between the viewpoints of the political actor and the political spectator. The paper concludes by highlighting some lacunae and difficulties in the development of Arendt's account, difficulties that set challenges for those theorists (such as Seyla Benhabib and Alessandro Ferrara) who wish to appropriate and extend Arendt's contribution into the field of contemporary critical theory.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Philosophy and Social Criticism|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||action • aesthetics • community • freedom • history • judgment • reflection|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
|Deposited By:||Mrs Yaling Zhang|
|Deposited On:||17 Oct 2008 09:27|
|Last Modified:||03 Nov 2015 14:03|
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