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By Hannah Arendt

Arendt describes the lack of that means of the normal key terms of politics: justice, cause, accountability, advantage, glory. via a sequence of 8 workouts, she exhibits how we will be able to redistill once again the very important essence of those ideas.

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Today that with the experiment, testing scientists, is now admit natural processes tinder prescribed conditions, and with the observer, who in watching the experiment becomes one of its conditions, a "subjective" factor esses of nature. is introduced into the "objective" proc- The most important new result of nuclear physics was the recognition of the possibility of applying quite different types The Concept of History of natural laws, without contradiction, to one 49 and the same physical event.

6 Because our traditional religion is essentially a revealed religion and holds, in harmony with ancient philosophy, that truth is what reveals itself, that truth is revelation (even though the meanings of this revelation may be as different as the philosophers' dA^eta and S^Awcrts are from the early Christians' eschatological exan dwo/caAvi/a? in the Second Coming), 7 modem pectations for science has become a much more formidable enemy of religion than traditional philosophy, even in its most rationalistic versions, ever could be.

Neither the result of anyone's deliberate choice nor subject to history. in our tradition is further decision. The attempts of great thinkers after Hegel to break away from Tradition and Modern Age the 27 more than two thousand years may have foreshadowed this event and certainly can help to illuminate it, but they did not cause it. The event itself marks the division between the modern age rising with the patterns of thought which had ruled the West for natural sciences in the seventeenth century, reaching its political climax in the revolutions of the eighteenth, and unfolding its general implications after the Industrial Revolution of the nineand the world of the twentieth century, which came into teenth existence through the chain of catastrophes touched off by the First World War.

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