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Arendt and the Intimate Kitchens of the Communist System

We realize the types of affairs conducted in the intimate kitchens of communist systems in this week's Library feature. Posted on 28 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil

“Hannah Arendt” the movie by acclaimed Director Margarethe von Trotta, opened in the United States this week at Film Forum in New York. It will begin its national release on June 6th.  Around the world the movie has garnered rave reviews and played to excited audiences. Reviews in the U.S. are appearing, including a rave…Read more Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil Posted on 31 May 2013 | 4:21 pm

Banality, Banality, Banality

When Gershom Scholem once wrote to Arendt that her phrase the “banality of evil” was a cliché, her response was swift: As far as she had known, nobody had ever used it before. The banality of evil was no common formulation worn meaningless by overuse. When she coined the phrase, it was a searing and…Read more Banality, Banality, Banality Posted on 18 April 2013 | 12:37 pm

The Politics of Non-Movement

Did the Arab Spring come from nowhere, or was it preceded by modes of social and political action that might have eluded our common conceptual frames? How do ordinary people in the Middle East manage and even alter the conditions of everyday life despite the recalcitrance of authoritarian governments? These questions formed the starting point…Read more The Politics of Non-Movement Posted on 12 February 2013 | 2:45 pm