“To Act or Not to Act”: Arendt, Hegel, and Shakespeare on Action


  • Mirt Komel Peace Institute, Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia




Homer, action, Arendt, politics, Hegel, philosophy, Shakespeare, theatre


The contribution links three unusually connected suspects in order to tackle the question of human action, which is eminently at stake not only in the realms of politics and in the field of history, but also in philosophy, and, as a peculiar link between the two, theatre, namely: Hannah Arendt (Human Condition), G.W.F. Hegel (Phenomenology of Spirit), and William Shakespeare (Hamlet). And In order to connect all three authors and their respective fields of philosophy, politics, and theatre as regards the particular issue of action, the starting point will be the figure of Achilles as portrayed in Homer’s Iliad.


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2021-12-31 — Updated on 2022-04-05


How to Cite

Komel, M. (2022). “To Act or Not to Act”: Arendt, Hegel, and Shakespeare on Action. Filozofski Vestnik, 42(1). https://doi.org/10.3986/fv.42.1.08 (Original work published December 31, 2021)