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Final Essay on What is Freedom” by Hannah Arendt

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Essay analysing "What is Freedom” by Hannah Arendt. Assessed in ARTS1360 - Introducing moral, social, political philosophy

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Philosophy Religion Continental philosophers Historians of the Holocaust Hannah Arendt The Human Condition Between Past and Future Political freedom Praxis Private sphere Augustine of Hippo Eichmann in Jerusalem
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439). Arendt challenges the equation of freedom with free will - a faculty foreign to classical antiquity and its attendant spontaneity and conscientiousness that I believe is largely absent within both the universal and singular chaos, desensitisation and entropy characteristic of modernity. Historically, Arendt chronicles that men first discovered the will when they experienced its impotence rather than its power, for which Augustine complained that that the will commands itself - “were the will entire, it would not even command itself to be, because it would already be” (Arendt 1960, p. 437). Hence, the will is both powerful and impotent, free and unfree (Arendt 1960, p. 437). Because of the will’s impotence, its incapacity to generate genuine power, its constant defeat in the s...
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