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Arendt, Social Change, and History

We appreciate the annotations Arendt made to her copy of Nisbet's "Social Change and History" in this week's Library feature. Posted on 7 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

The Conscience of Edward Snowden

Roger Berkowitz shares how Edward Snowden's appeal to acting out of conscience influences our view of him as either hero or criminal. Posted on 21 June 2014 | 10:52 am

Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology

“[Augustine] distinguishes between the questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I?” the first being directed by man at himself […] For in the “great mystery,” the grande profundum, which man is (iv. 14), there is “something of man [aliquid hominis] which the spirit of man which is in him itself knoweth not. But…Read more Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology Posted on 6 May 2013 | 10:05 am

Forgiveness

Trespassing is an everyday occurrence which is in the very nature of action’s constant establishment of new relationships within a web of relations, and it needs forgiving, dismissing in order to go on by constantly releasing men from what they have done unknowingly.  Only through this constant mutual release from what they do can men…Read more Forgiveness Posted on 25 March 2013 | 10:15 am

Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice

“Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice” Allen Speight, College Literature, Volume 38, Number 1, Winter 2011, pp. 115-130 Allen Speight, Director, Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University, argues for Arendt’s place among theorists of narrative such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Talyor, and Paul Ricouer. While he does indicate contemporary questions in both the Anglo-American…Read more Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice Posted on 21 March 2013 | 11:32 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

A Sorry Bunch of Dwarfs

Freeman Dyson, the eclectic physicist, took good aim at philosophy last week in a review of the silly book by Jim Holt, Why Does the World Exist?” An Existential Detective Story. Holt went around to “a portrait gallery of leading modern philosophers,” and asked them the Leibnizian question: Why is there something rather than nothing?”…Read more A Sorry Bunch of Dwarfs Posted on 5 November 2012 | 3:05 pm