Research in Phenomenology 50 (2):216-239 (2020)

Yasemin Sari
University of Northern Iowa
This article argues that Arendt’s rich account of the political necessarily involves an implicit, but never fully worked out, phenomenological articulation of justice in her work. Arendt’s unique articulation of the role of judgment in political action provides us with the outline of an Arendtian principle of justice that relieves the tension between idealist and realist theories of justice. Building on this role of judgment, I aim to emphasize the phenomenological premise of identifying the conditions for the possibility of the political in empirico-historical events rooted in her ideas of plurality and freedom. By showing that, for Arendt, justice is a phenomenon like power and equality, we can make progress on an implicit account of justice in her work. Taking seriously Arendt’s articulation of freedom-manifesting and principled political action, I will show that a principle of justice guides political action based on political judgment that is affectively oriented to the world.
Keywords affect  Arendt  freedom  judgment  justice  plurality  principle
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1163/15691640-12341448
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 68,975
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

An Arendtian Recognitive Politics.Yasemin Sari - 2017 - Philosophy Today 61 (3):709-735.
The Structure of the Concept of Political Freedom in Hannah Arendt’s Philosophy.Katarzyna Eliasz - 2019 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies 10 (1):29-42.
Justice: Political Not Natural.Fabienne Peter - 2006 - Analyse & Kritik 28 (1):83-88.
Receptivity and Judgment.Jennifer Nedelsky - 2011 - Ethics and Global Politics 4 (4):231-254.
Justice in Aristotle’s Household and City.Thornton C. Lockwood - 2003 - Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek Political Thought 20 (1-2):1-21.
Justice: Metaphysical, After All? [REVIEW]Ryan W. Davis - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (2):207-222.
On Justice.Thanos Zartaloudis - 2011 - Law and Critique 22 (2):135-153.
Unpredictable yet Guided: Arendt on Principled Action.Wolfhart Totschnig - 2018 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 50 (3):189-207.
Justice, Legitimacy, and (Normative) Authority for Political Realists.Enzo Rossi - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (2):149-164.


Added to PP index

Total views
12 ( #805,716 of 2,498,296 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #426,910 of 2,498,296 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes