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Politics for EverybodyReading Hannah Arendt in Uncertain Times$
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Ned O'Gorman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226665023

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226683294.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Prodigal Politics

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(p.1) Introduction
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Politics for Everybody
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Ned O'Gorman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226683294.003.0001

The introduction defends politics against its many detractors. It argues that despite its dreadful reputation, politics not only matters a great deal to our collective life, it is the best means we have available for living together in freedom, respecting others as equals. The introduction makes its case for politics by introducing the main subject of the book, Hannah Arendt. Arendt argued that politics, far from being reproachable and despicable, is a good, and even beautiful, thing. For politics happens whenever people freely come together as equals to speak about, or act on, matters of common concern.

Keywords:   Prodigal Son, freedom, equality, populism, Hannah Arendt, defense of politics

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