The natality of human beings allows them to make new beginnings. And so it prevents us to disintegrate into routinized behavior. It gives hope. And it is freedom. Freedom for Arendt is not simply liberty from outside forces or private necessities, but a freedom enabled by natality, by the capacity to make beginnings, a freedom expressed in action.
Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition, 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958.
Dirk De Schutter, Remi Peeters, ‘Hannah Arendt, politiek denker’, 2015.
Hannah Arendt, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014. Hannah Arendt and Human Rights: What it Means to be Free, Anna Northrop, the Stanford Freedom Project, 2015.
Arendt, Augustine, and the new beginning, Stephan Kampowski, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, 2009.
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