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Michael McCarthy on Hannah Arendt

Michael McCarthy spoke in a recent radio interview about his recently published book, The Political Humanism of Hannah Arendt. “The book offers a dialectical account of the political crisis that Arendt identified and shows why her interpretation of that crisis is especially relevant today. The author also provides detailed analysis and appraisal of Arendt’s political…Read more Michael McCarthy on Hannah Arendt Posted on 28 February 2013 | 10:45 am

What to Choose?

Thanks to Ana Maria Ferreira for submitting this photo! Posted on 28 February 2013 | 9:25 am

Sigrid Weigel on Poetry and Philosophy in Arendt’s Thought Diary

Sigrid Weigel, “Poetics as a Presupposition of Philosophy: Hannah Arendt’s. Denktagebuch,” Telos, 2009, 146: 97-110. Sigrid Weigel describes the Thought Diary as an explicit decision on Arendt’s part to turn from the personal and literary reflections of her earlier diaries to explicit reflection on questions of political philosophy following the publication of Origins of Totalitarianism…Read more Sigrid Weigel on Poetry and Philosophy in Arendt’s Thought Diary Posted on 27 February 2013 | 10:55 am

The Politics of Intimacy

In an era defined by pervasive mass mediation, what role might intimacy—a relation of closeness and familiarity with another person—play in the realm of politics? Most of us are familiar with the town hall meetings, living-room campaign events, and other highly publicized yet simultaneously face-to-face interactions that now play a prominent role in this country’s…Read more The Politics of Intimacy Posted on 26 February 2013 | 2:45 pm

Howard Mumford Jones on Thinking

“Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.” -Howard Mumford Jones Posted on 26 February 2013 | 9:40 am

Learning From Crisis

“[T]here is another even more cogent reason for [the layman] concerning himself with a critical situation in which he is not immediately involved. And that is the opportunity, provided by the very fact of crisis—which tears away facades and obliterates prejudices—to explore and inquire into whatever has been laid bare of the essence of the…Read more Learning From Crisis Posted on 25 February 2013 | 11:40 am

Amor Mundi 2/24/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 2/24/13 Posted on 24 February 2013 | 8:30 am

Federalism and the Crisis of Politics

Federalism should not be a partisan issue. This has been forgotten as the Federalist Society has turned federalism into a rhetorical sledgehammer to bludgeon liberal policies. But rightly understood, federalism is about freedom.  Federalism promotes freedom for at least two reasons. First, because citizens will only act and speak in public when they believe their…Read more Federalism and the Crisis of Politics Posted on 22 February 2013 | 3:46 pm

Generational Theft

In this video, Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone and Peter Druckmiller, a hedge fund manager, make their argument that the uncontrolled rise of entitlements and government debt is an unconscionable theft from children and the future generations. Finally, those who care about government and the future are starting to realize that protecting entitlements…Read more Generational Theft Posted on 22 February 2013 | 11:05 am

Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power

Jürgen Habermas sees Arendt as usefully placing emphasis on the origin of power as opposed to its means of employment. In contrast to Max Weber, who understands power in terms of particular individuals seeking to realize a fixed goal, she separates power from the telos (end), developing what Habermas calls a theory of power as…Read more Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power Posted on 21 February 2013 | 10:40 am