Module 5: Power

5.4 Arendt on Power

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Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

 While Foucault think so of power that flows through all of us, shaping us while remaining beyond our control, the 20th century political theorist Hannah Arendt argues that power properly understood is something that groups of people create by coming together and acting collectively.  Arendt departs from both Hobbes’ individualistic notion of power and Foucault’s idea that power is beyond any person’s or group’s control.  Click the link below to open a pdf with excerpts from Arendt’s The Human Condition.

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