Thinking Challenge Excerpt - James Hurley09-22-2011
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"The “thinking” that politicians suggest we, as individuals are doing today amounts to little more than acting, and, if they have their way, leads to a robotic following. The dignity of truth calls us to political action beyond this stage however. The dignity of truth demands our full participation in the public realm as citizens of the world. And, tangentially, the dignity of politics, too, requires a participatory populous prepared and ready for discourse. The Athenian model is, for Arendt, and for us, the ultimate form of truth and politics. Furthermore, the figure of Socrates as a man equally at home in the marketplace as well as the academy presents a man who is participatory and engaged, rather than removed in a Congressional building or a lofty ivory tower. Socrates is who we, as politicians, as we all are, should aim to be."
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