The Position of the Concept of Revolution in Hannah Arendt's Political Thought

Document Type: Original Article


Abstract: Revolution is a new phenomenon whose history dates back to the eighteenth and seventeenth centuries. With the occurrence of the magnificent revolutions of England (1688), the United States of America (1776) and France (1879), the concept of revolution entered political literature. Hannah Arendt, a well-known intellectual of the twentieth century, addressed the dimensions and effects of the concept of revolution in the context of the great events of this century, and by examining the American and French revolutions gained global reputation as a revolution theorist. This paper examines the concept of revolution from her point of view considering other concepts and subjects she has discussed, and shows that the concept of revolution has a privileged position in the totality of her political thought.