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On the Possibility of an Arendtian Nuclear Theory

N.A.C. Taylor observes that if we are to have an Arendtian nuclear theory, we must now construct it ourselves. Posted on 31 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/30/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of refugees and human rights, realize the need to rethink the role of Congress in formulating U.S. foreign policy, meditate on the outcome of Darren Wilson's trial, and much more. Posted on 1 December 2014 | 10:30 am

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

Teaching Arendtian Thinking

“The teacher’s qualification consists in knowing the world and being able to instruct others about it, but his authority rests on his assumption of responsibility for that world. Vis-à-vis the child it is as though he were a representative of all adult inhabitants, pointing out the details and saying to the child: This is our…Read more Teaching Arendtian Thinking Posted on 6 January 2014 | 11:16 am

Born into a World of Plurality

This Quote of the Week was originally posted on August 20, 2012 We are born into this world of plurality where father and mother stand ready for us, ready to receive us and welcome us and guide us and prove that we are not strangers.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch Notebook 19, Section 39, February, 1954 When Rousseau opens Of The…Read more Born into a World of Plurality Posted on 23 December 2013 | 11:40 am

Guided Into the World

“Heidegger is wrong: man is not “thrown” “in the world;” if we are thrown, then – no differently from animals – onto the earth. Man is precisely guided, not thrown, precisely for that reason his continuity arises and the way he belongs appears. Poor us, if we are thrown into the world!” “Heidegger hat unrecht:…Read more Guided Into the World Posted on 4 February 2013 | 11:50 am

Vain, Like a Butterfly

“Everything that is appears; everything that appears disappears; everything that is alive has an urge to appear; this urge is called vanity; since there is no urge to disappear and disappearance is the law of appearance, the urge, called vanity, is in vain.‘Vanitas vanitatum vanitas’—all is vanity, all is in vain.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, 796…Read more Vain, Like a Butterfly Posted on 10 September 2012 | 11:40 am

Born into a World of Plurality

“We are born into this world of plurality where father and mother stand ready for us, ready to receive us and welcome us and guide us and prove that we are not strangers.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch Notebook 19, Section 39, Feburary, 1954 When Rousseau opens Of The Social Contract with the striking phrase “Man is born free…Read more Born into a World of Plurality Posted on 20 August 2012 | 12:57 pm

The Intimate World

“What in thinking only occasionally and quasi-metaphorically happens, to retreat from the world of appearances, takes place in aging and dying as an appearance… in this sense thinking is an anticipation of dying (ceasing, ‘to cease to be among men’) just as action in the sense of ‘to make a beginning’ is a repetition of…Read more The Intimate World Posted on 23 July 2012 | 11:30 am