H Arendt, Action and Natality

I invite PE 160 students to reflect on possible relationships between action, natality, and the transcendental subject. Is it coincidental that for Arendt action is that element of human being that highlights not the ways that they are shaped by and embedded in the world, but, to the contrary, the ways that they shape and hold mastery over that world, politically. Although clearly her training differed significantly from the training of Milton Friedman or Leo Strauss, it must have seemed spectacular to observe the three interact in the Committee on Social Thought. How might their perspectives have clashed? How might they each have supplemented and reinforced the others?

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