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Author QuotedHannah Arendt
Title QuotedHuman Condition
Date (Year/Month/Day)1960/05/14
ImprintChicago : University of Chicago Press. c1958
QuotationHannah Arendt's Human Condition is another cardinal book, a hinge on which one's whole thought can turn. Whole new aspect of action and contemplation, public and private life, it offers a solution to the complex question that has plagued me with its ambiguity so long. As long as the conflict is between what is individual or intimate and what is social (this is the modern division) the issue never becomes clear and you can never get to grips with it. The social is simply a continuation of what is "privat" in the sense of "deprived," restricted, subject to necessity, the satisfaction of material needs.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 389
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