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Kriterion: Revista de Filosofia

versão impressa ISSN 0100-512Xversão On-line ISSN 1981-5336

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SANTOS, Rodrigo Ponce. HOBBES E A FILOSOFIA DO PODER: OS 'PRINCÍPIOS' ANTIPOLÍTICOS DO LEVIATÃ NA LEITURA DE HANNAH ARENDT. Kriterion [online]. 2017, vol.58, n.136, pp.203-220. ISSN 0100-512X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0100-512x2017n13611rps.

The main theme of our research is the link proposed by Hannah Arendt between imperialism and Hobbes's political philosophy. It is to be inquired how this relation appears in "Origins of Totalitarianism" and how it contributes to her attempt to shed a light on the dilemmas of present time. First, we will resume the argument according to which imperialism arises out of the conflict between the stability of national institutions and its desire for expansion, which also shows itself as a conflict between the political tradition and a new economical order. Then in comparison with Macpherson's reading of Hobbes we must explore the polemical analogy held by Arendt between imperialism and the Hobbesian thought. As a result, Arendt did not recognize in his theory of social contract an argument for the constitution of political communities but a model for human relationships by which the very existence of these communities would be jeopardized. Finally, it will be suggested that Arendt's analysis of imperialism indicates a way to think politics through the notion of impropriety.

Palavras-chave : Imperialism; Power; Expansion; Impropriety.

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