The Freedom to Be Free. Riflessioni su uno scritto di Hannah Arendt recentemente edito per la prima volta

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One of Hannah Arendt’s essays has remained unpublished for over 50 years. The paper has no proper title, only the words A lecture written on it. The text develops one of the themes most dear to the author: the different conceptions of freedom and their relationship with revolution. The text also lacks a date; however, given the numerous references to current events, it is easy to deduce that it was written between the end of 1966 and 1967. The essay does not appear to be very original since it incorporates many ideas expressed elsewhere, especially in the great treatise On the Revolution published in 1963. However, it is interesting to observe how some concepts, already appearing in other publications, are here used to understand the actuality of the time, such as the process of decolonization, the Vietnam war and the Cuban revolution. Furthermore, the merit of this essay is to introduce the expression “the freedom to be free” to indicate the basic condition to have experience of full freedom, which for the author does not consist simply in obtaining civil liberties, but in the exercise of freedom as participation in the res publica. In this article, the most interesting aspects of Arendt’s text are highlighted in a historical frame – in particular, the author's reflections on ongoing revolutions, the meaning of the expression "freedom to be free" and the distinction between liberty and freedom are discussed.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)433-449
Numero di pagine17
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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