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TitleThe ontologization of practical man : the political theories of Marx and Arendt as a response to the 'problem of freedom' in Hume and Kant
AuthorMacDonald, Stuart Joseph
DescriptionThesis (M.A.)--Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011. Philosophy
Paginationv, 100 leaves.
SubjectMarx, Karl, 1818-1883; Arendt, Hannah, 1906-1975; Kant, Immanuel, 1724-1804; Hume, David, 1711-1776; Ontology; Liberty; Skepticism
Degree GrantorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Dept. of Philosophy
NotesBibliography: leaves 89-93.
AbstractIn this thesis, I argue that the political theories of Karl Marx and Hannah Arendt can be interpreted as responses to Kant who, in attempting to conceive of how freedom could be possible in the face of Humean scepticism, concluded that freedom was only possible outside of the phenomenal world. I argue that they share a foundation in that their political theories are ultimately responses to Kant, both of them rejecting the ontological precedence given by Kant and the majority of the thinkers throughout the history of philosophy to the abstract properties of reason and thought in humanity, and instead ontologizing the practical. From this ontological shift, Marx and Arendt ultimately grounded humanness in the practical and the worldly, by showing that although Hume's scepticism about freedom with respect to necessity may be correct, freedom is, at base, a practical question with respect to constraint, and it is only by considering it in this light that freedom can be adequately 'brought back' to the 'phenomenal' world.
Resource TypeElectronic thesis or dissertation
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SourcePaper copy kept in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies, Memorial University Libraries
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