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Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem$
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Steven Aschheim

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220560

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220560.001.0001

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Hannah Arendt on Tradition and New Beginnings

Hannah Arendt on Tradition and New Beginnings

(p.19) Hannah Arendt on Tradition and New Beginnings
Hannah Arendt in Jerusalem

Agnes Heller

University of California Press

This chapter discusses three different Arendtian stories, the first from The Origins of Totalitarianism, the second from The Human Condition, and the third from On Revolution. One of Arendt's greatest achievements is the way in which, in stories like these, the meanings of the concept of new beginnings and the concept of tradition shift and do not let themselves be fitted together in a unified and comprehensive theory. In a world that is brittle, the stories better remain brittle, too. Arendt's stories are always about here and now, because they are also stories of the just here and the just now, of the nunc stans of discontinuity, where they are situated.

Keywords:   Arendtian stories, discontinuity, tradition shift, On Revolution

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