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Arendtian Action

‘This child, this in-between to which the lovers are now related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world.’ -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition What can we know about Arendtian action? In…Read more Arendtian Action Posted on 3 March 2014 | 10:34 am

Arendt on the Declaration of Independence

“Declarations of Independence: Arendt and Derrida on the Problem of Founding a Republic” Bonnie Honig The American Political Science Review, Vol. 85, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 97-113 Arendt often emphasizes the ramifications of the modern loss of authority for politics. Without faith in traditions or gods, humanity now continually faces the problem of legitimacy…Read more Arendt on the Declaration of Independence Posted on 7 November 2013 | 10:36 am

Arendt versus Occupy

Review of:  Danny Michelsen and Franz Walter, Unpolitical Democracy: On the Crisis of Representation  [Unpolitische Demokratie: Zur Krise der Repräsentation (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2013)] In this new study, Danny Michelsen and Franz Walter of the Institute of Democracy Research at Göttingen University examine the problem of democratic representation in terms of a paradox: democracy wishes to…Read more Arendt versus Occupy Posted on 30 October 2013 | 9:53 am

Amor Mundi 9/22/13

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 9/22/13 Posted on 23 September 2013 | 3:46 pm

The Courage to Make Plurality

It requires courage even to leave the protective security of our four walls and enter the public realm, not because of particular dangers which may lie in wait for us, but because we have arrived in a realm where the concern for life has lost its validity. Courage liberates men from their worry about life…Read more The Courage to Make Plurality Posted on 16 September 2013 | 11:54 am

Amor Mundi – 7/28/13

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 – 7/28/13 Posted on 29 July 2013 | 1:57 pm

Amor Mundi – 7/7/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 7/7/13 Posted on 8 July 2013 | 2:55 pm

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm

Power, Persuasion, and Organization

  John Duncan has in interesting response to Bill Dixon’s Quote of the Week this week. Dixon wrote about the importance of power (as opposed to violence or domination) in political life. And he worried that power was being lost and, what is more, becoming impossible to hold on to or acquire in the modern…Read more Power, Persuasion, and Organization Posted on 18 January 2013 | 11:46 am

Arendt & Gun Control

In The Stone yesterday Firmin DeBrabander references Hannah Arendt to buttress his argument for gun control in the wake of the tragic massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. I’ve wanted to avoid turning a true tragedy into a political cause, but DeBrabander’s thoughtful essay merits a response. The thrust of DeBrabander’s reflection is that the presence of…Read more Arendt & Gun Control Posted on 18 December 2012 | 11:26 am