Tuesday 15 December 2015

Quote by Hannah Arendt on the private and public realms

“This functionalization [of society, action, and speech] makes it impossible to perceive any serious gulf between the two realms; and this is not a matter of theory or an ideology, since with the rise of society, that is, the rise of the ‘household’ (oikia) or of economic activities to the public realm, housekeeping and all matters pertaining formerly to the private sphere of the family have become a ‘collective’ concern. In the modern world, the two realms indeed constantly flow into each other like waves in the never-resting stream of the life process itself”

Arendt, Hannah. 1958. The Human Condition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 33. 

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