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Seeking a Political Genius—In Vain?

        It is cliché to say that a presidential election is important. And yet, the 2012 presidential election may be one of the most decisively meaningful elections in recent history. The world is now in year four of the global financial crisis. In addition to economic retraction that may last decades, there…Read more Seeking a Political Genius—In Vain? Posted on 31 July 2012 | 11:03 am

The Highest Law of the Land

“The highest laws of the land (America) are not only the constitution and constitutional laws, but also contracts.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, p. 131 Having published The Origins of Totalitarianism, Arendt turned her attention  to the country around her.  In a sequence of entries in her Denktagebuch for September 1951, she starts by referring to America…Read more The Highest Law of the Land Posted on 30 July 2012 | 12:30 pm

Membership Update

We had a great weekend with lots of new members joining the Center! We are very excited to report that we are very close to reaching our goal! We have 84 new members and need only 16 more by tomorrow to reach out goal! Please consider becoming a member. Learn more here.   Posted on 30 July 2012 | 11:41 am

The Splintering of Culture

  Earlier this month I attended a lecture by Matthias Lilienthal, the former artistic director of Hebbel am Ufer (HAU). HAU as it is affectionately known in Berlin is an organization with three performance spaces in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, and is one of the largest, best funded, and risk-taking performance theatre complexes in…Read more The Splintering of Culture Posted on 27 July 2012 | 1:02 pm

The Human Condition Meets Denktagebuch

The Human Condition meets Denktagebuch. Posted on 26 July 2012 | 10:24 am

HA! Journal Coming Soon

Coming this September, the inaugural edition of HA!, a new journal featuring essays by  leading scholars & intellectuals, reflecting our last two fall conferences. The volume is available only to Arendt Center Supporter Members and is part of our 10 day/100 member campaign.         Posted on 24 July 2012 | 12:20 pm

Thomas Jefferson on Thinking

“The worst day in a man’s life is when he sits down and begins thinking about how he can get something for nothing.” -Thomas Jefferson Posted on 24 July 2012 | 10:15 am

Membership Update

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The Intimate World

“What in thinking only occasionally and quasi-metaphorically happens, to retreat from the world of appearances, takes place in aging and dying as an appearance… in this sense thinking is an anticipation of dying (ceasing, ‘to cease to be among men’) just as action in the sense of ‘to make a beginning’ is a repetition of…Read more The Intimate World Posted on 23 July 2012 | 11:30 am

Take Downs

If you are a political theorist or philosopher between 18 and 50, you probably had at least a passing flirtation with Slavoj Zizek. First of all, you can’t avoid him. The man has written over 60 books in les than 30 years in addition to innumerable articles and interviews. Oh, and he has made two…Read more Take Downs Posted on 20 July 2012 | 11:46 am