In this dissertation, I defend an interpretation of Arendt’s work that integrates its various dimensions, such as political theory, philosophy, historiography, literary theory and her journalistic work, by elaborating and explicating her joining of hermeneutic-phenomenological sources and methods, on the one hand, and shared historical-political experiences, particularly the totalitarian experience, on the other hand. This explication focuses on the pivotal concepts of ‘world’ and ‘worldliness’. My thesis is that Arendt’s work contains a mostly implicit but strong and convincing outline of an as yet not elucidated hermeneutic phenomenology of the political, consisting in concrete analyses of political-historical experiences, aiming at understanding the meaning of these experiences. This perspective implies both a politicization of hermeneutic phenomenology, and the development of a hermeneutic-phenomenological perspective within political theory.
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