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Work and Culture

Hans Teerds discusses how the notion of work, often overlooked by other Arendt scholars, helps to produce a sharable world of things that is integral to the preservation of culture. Posted on 8 September 2014 | 10:00 am

What is “Art” According to Arendt?

“That the arts must be functional, that cathedrals fulfill a religious need of society, that a picture is born from the need for self-expression in the individual painter and that it is looked at because of a desire for self-perfection in the spectator, all these notions are so unconnected with art and historically so new…Read more What is “Art” According to Arendt? Posted on 7 September 2012 | 11:15 am

Hannah Arendt & Contemporary Art

Intellectually, though not socially, America and Europe are in the same situation: the thread of tradition is broken, and we must discover the past for ourselves that is, read its authors as though nobody had ever read them before. –Hannah Arendt, Crisis in Culture Last spring, I received a call from the director of the…Read more Hannah Arendt & Contemporary Art Posted on 29 August 2012 | 9:23 am

Gatekeepers of Culture

Last week I discussed Part One of Hannah Arendt’s The Crisis in Culture,  and the social importance of the crisis. As promised, this weeks Weekend Read offers you Part Two of Arendt’s incredible reflections on politics and art. The connection between politics and art is that artworks, if not the activity of the artist, always…Read more Gatekeepers of Culture Posted on 20 January 2012 | 5:33 pm

“Downton Abbey”, a “Crisis in Culture”?

Everyone, so I am told, is watching and talking about “Downton Abbey.” It is a TV show, for those living under a bigger rock than I am. So the other day I asked the person charged with keeping me alive to the real world why the show was so compelling. The answer arrived in my…Read more “Downton Abbey”, a “Crisis in Culture”? Posted on 13 January 2012 | 3:07 pm