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Thinking Metaphors

This Quote of the Week post was first published on August 27, 2012. “What connects thinking and poetry [Dichten] is metaphor. In philosophy one calls concept what in poetry [Dichtkunst] is called metaphor. Thinking creates its “concepts” out of the visible, in order to designate the invisible.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, vol. 2, p. 728 (August…Read more Thinking Metaphors Posted on 22 April 2013 | 1:15 pm

Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship?

“If it is true that all thought begins with remembrance, it is also true that no remembrance remains secure unless it is condensed and distilled into a framework of conceptual notions within which it can further exercise itself.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution With these words Arendt complains, in her magnificent book about the French and…Read more Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship? Posted on 18 March 2013 | 11:05 am

Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power

Jürgen Habermas sees Arendt as usefully placing emphasis on the origin of power as opposed to its means of employment. In contrast to Max Weber, who understands power in terms of particular individuals seeking to realize a fixed goal, she separates power from the telos (end), developing what Habermas calls a theory of power as…Read more Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power Posted on 21 February 2013 | 10:40 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