Political inaction as a community of knowledge: a reading of Filon’s The contemplative life

Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy 6 (10):215-239 (2017)
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This article seeks to question the relationship between “Political”, “Life” and “Action”, returning to the reading of Hannah Arendt’s concept of “ vita active ” in The Human Condition. Particularly, going back to the subject of “action” as a condition of possibility of “political life”. To do this, this analysis will focus on the thought of Philo, especially in a strange text in his corpus: The contemplative life or supplicants. The aim of the paper is to reflect on the place where philosophical reflection and theological reflection as a political forms are installed and what implications does this has: what happens when the foundation of teaching does not pass through the “ vita activa ” but by a passive life under consecration to the task of reflection and study: can we raise from there a communal manner that constitutes politics as in-action?



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The Politics of Philo Judaeus.Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough - 1967 - Hildesheim, G. Olms. Edited by Howard Lehman Goodhart.

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