Events & Lectures

Monday, October 1, 2018

Lunchtime Talk with Michael Weinman

Arendt after Postmodernity: Humanistic Social Research and Contemporary Political Culture
Arendt Center  12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
In this presentation I seek to sketch out, in an initial and proleptic fashion, two pairs of questions that set out an agenda for research into "life after postmodernity" on the basis of Arendt’s practice of “thinking without banisters.” The first pair is: (A) How, after what Adorno and Arendt identified as 20th-century barbarism, is it possible to articulate a critical assessment of "the Western tradition" that does not amount to rejectionism? (B) Why, can it be argued, is it worthwhile or even necessary to do so? The second pair is: (A) When we do engage the tradition in this way—as did, among others, Kantorowicz and Strauss—how and where do we find the points of continuity between earlier forms and institutions of late-modern civil society not subject to the critique of modern barbarism? (B) On what basis, and through which Weltanschauung, is it possible to offer a robust defense of such forms and such institutions?

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