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Actions, philosophy: Actions are conscious or unconscious human actions as opposed to physical events. The action can take place against the will of the agent, but only if the opposed will is not strong enough to prevent the execution entirely.

Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Hannah Arendt on Actions - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 361
Action/Act/Arendt: In the public space, the members of the community meet; in this space "action" takes place. It is only in this space that its (unforeseeable) consequences become visible, which may not correspond at all to the expectations and hopes of those who have begun the actions. After all, acting per se is not as purpose-oriented as producing is. It is more focused on the others, on those involved than on a fixed goal. Thus, action is also not identical with making and producing, an idea that has prevailed in modernism, in which political action is defined as purpose-rational action with which one achieves certain goals.
The sole purpose of action is common understanding of the common good that goes beyond the sum of the respective interests.

Antonia Grunenberg, „Hannah Arendt, Vita Activa oder Vom tätigen Leben“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Arendt I
H. Arendt
Crises of the Republic: Lying in Politics. Civil Disobedience. On Violence. Thoughts on Politics and Revolution Boston 1972

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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