En su prontuario-notas del curso "From Maquiavelli to Marx", de 1965 en la Universidad de Cornell, encontramos dos invaluables precisiones de Hannah Arendt para sus estudiantes... (y para nosotros). Las comparto aquí:
From Machiavelli to Marx-Fall 1965 (Cornell)
5. “You’ll read the authors and the commentators and the historians. The authors are those who are concerned with the same things we are concerned in our daily lives and we read them only to the extent that they had things to say which rightly survived their own time.
With the commentators you leave the world in which we live and you enter the world of books – to be sure also very important. The object of a commentator is a book, the object of an author is the world. Finally, you’ll read the historians, and they will tell you the story.”
6. Machiavelli distinguished three types of people –those who understand things unaided, those who need and know how to use help, and those who don’t understand even when helped. We hope to belong to the 2nd category”.