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Wither Europe?: Immigration and the Meaning of Union

The EU migrant crisis and attendant immigration discussions are symptomatic of a deeper rot in the heart of Europe. Posted on 13 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Nation Principle

Michiel Bot explores Arendt's understanding of the "national idea" as one of the origins of totalitarianism. Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:00 am

A Common Language

“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

See You Again

“To my dear Hannah, In these years our friendship has stood the test. In this relationship we no longer need to have any worries. Goodbye, Your Kurt. New York, April 30th 1945.”  “Meiner lieben Hannah,” reads a handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s Der Prozess (The Trial), gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to…Read more See You Again Posted on 7 January 2013 | 11:38 am