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Arendts Understanding of Public Spaces This critical essay is about Arendts understanding of public spaces In this essay I will show how she understands the distinction between action labor and work and the relation between freedom power and action In the conclusion of this essay I will show that the city of Chicago in both its architecture and its public spaces does not exhibit Arendts notion of the public Labor is the activity which corresponds to the biological process of the human body whose spontaneous growth metabolism and eventual decay are bound to the vital necessities produced and fed into the life process by labor In ordinary terms labor is just life itself According to Arendt labor is a necessity that all living things do to survive and in this we have no distinction between animals and ourselves With labor all we do is produce and consume keeping to ourselves not talking to anyone because it is more efficient In Arendts point of view a life devoted to labor is bad because to truly live according to Arendt is to become public to be known to be recognized but to stay silent and to your self you then are never really alive She also calls labor as repetitive that is it is just an endless cycle of consumption and production and it has no beginning nor a future Work is the activity which corresponds to the unnaturalness of human existence which is not imbedded in and whose mortality is not compensated by the species ever-recurring life cycle Work provides an artificial world of things distinctly different from all natural surroundings HC p7 To Arendt work is good because it had an endurance that labor did not work could last over the years while in labor you consume as you produce When a carpenter builds a house that house can last for hundreds of years remembered longer than the person who built it but an
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