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How political communities should be constituted is at the center of Hannah Arendt’s engagement with two ancient sources of law: the Greek nomos and the Roman lex. This paper shows how Arendt’s statements regarding nomos and lex directs our attention to the fundamental challenge in free politics: balancing the internal demand of agonistic action with the external need to expand lasting ties.

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The article provides a novel reading of Arendt's conceptions of ancient law and articulates their implications for free politics, in general, and international politics, in particular.

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This page is a summary of: The lex of the Earth? Arendt’s critique of Roman law, Journal of International Political Theory, January 2020, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1755088219898237.
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