Circular Politics. Nature, Boundaries and Arendt


  • Marie Wuth



The pressing problems we face in light of the environmental crisis, which poses an imminent threat to the basal conditions of actions and politics, urge us to find a sustainable model of Nature-Politics. Therefore, I shall introduce the concept Circular Politics that describes an approach of politics that is oriented towards the circularity of nature. Not only does this seemingly refute the meaning of politics, that is freedom, and hamper action. Circular Politics, moreover, crosses the boundaries Arendt drew between the World and Nature as well as between the political, social, and private. Instead of replicating Arendt’s sharp conceptual boundaries I shall introduce a sustainable ecological concept into her theoretical framework: Planetary Boundaries. Circular Politics is a response to these boundaries that are suitable to demarcate what Arendt hoped to protect with her boundaries, which is a safe space for action. Thus, despite its aim for circularity and appeal to Nature’s urgency, Circular Politics pursues to ensure the conditions and meaning of politics. This requires refraining from domination and exploitation of Nature’s resources and instead to focus on our coexistence with and in Nature. Connected to this concept is the promise for more participatory, non-hierarchical and collective practices and a call to relate to our surrounding with care and respect.




Wuth, M. (2022). Circular Politics. Nature, Boundaries and Arendt. HannahArendt.Net, 11(1).