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Martha Nussbaum on Thinking

“Knowledge is no guarantee of good behavior, but ignorance is a virtual guarantee of bad behavior.” -Martha Nussbaum Posted on 30 October 2012 | 1:44 pm

The Burqa and the Political Realm

“The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition Over the past decade, European public opinion has roiled with controversy over the full face covering – the niqab or burqa – of Muslim women. According…Read more The Burqa and the Political Realm Posted on 30 October 2012 | 11:01 am

Corruption Takes Root

What is the essence of corruption? This is a question raised by the recent Supreme Court jurisprudence around Citizens United v. FEC. For Justice Kennedy and the Court has concluded, as a matter of law, that only quid pro quo corruption is corruption. An out and out bribe is corrupting, but throwing a congressman a…Read more Corruption Takes Root Posted on 26 October 2012 | 8:30 pm

In Memorium – Jacques Barzun

“Teaching is not a lost art but the regard 
for it is a lost tradition. Hence tomorrow’s problem will not be to 
get teachers, but to recognize the good ones and not discourage them
 before they have done their stint.” —Jacques Barzun, Teacher in
 America Jacques Barzun has died. With his passing we lose another…Read more In Memorium – Jacques Barzun Posted on 26 October 2012 | 12:03 pm

Hannah Arendt in Tel Aviv

Vintage shot of Pollak Books in Tel Aviv. Photo by Volker März. Posted on 25 October 2012 | 11:53 am

Defining American Democracy Differently

How do our understandings of democracy shape how we imagine racial equality and the means by which it might be achieved? That was the question posed by Maribel Morey at the most recent lunchtime talk at the Arendt Center. Morey is currently a fellow at the New York University School of Law, and she has…Read more Defining American Democracy Differently Posted on 25 October 2012 | 11:36 am

Judith Butler on Arendt & Revenge

“Arendt’s Death Sentences” Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 48 No. 3, 2011. pp. 280-295. Over the last decade Judith Butler has expanded her focus from the constitutive role of performance for gender to broader questions of power. This article focuses on a contradiction between law and revenge in Eichmann in Jerusalem and examines the perplexing last pages…Read more Judith Butler on Arendt & Revenge Posted on 24 October 2012 | 12:40 pm

Horace Walpole on Thinking

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” ― Horace Walpole Posted on 23 October 2012 | 1:50 pm

The Love of the World

“Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from that ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable.” —Hannah Arendt, The Crisis in Education Hannah Arendt writes that…Read more The Love of the World Posted on 22 October 2012 | 2:16 pm

The Rise of the Golden Dawn

Golden Dawn, the far-Right fascist party in Greece continues to grow in popularity and violence, according to the Wall Street Journal. Last week the Journal reports: In a rundown, immigrant-filled neighborhood here, Ilias Panagiotaros, a member of Parliament from Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, used a megaphone Friday night to exhort an angry crowd to…Read more The Rise of the Golden Dawn Posted on 22 October 2012 | 10:04 am