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The Dystopia of Knowledge

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Jennifer M. Hudson uses Arendt and David Eggers' The Circle to understand man's quest to free himself from nature and to infinitely expand his knowledge. Posted on 24 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

Video Archives – Lunchtime Talk with Laura Ephraim (February 2011)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back on a Lunchtime Talk former HAC post-doctoral and associate fellow Laura Ephraim delivered in 2011, in which she provides an Arendtian critique of Ray Kurzweil’s writings on ‘the Singularity.’ Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Arendt on Humanity’s Cosmic Awareness

Jeffrey Champlin explores Arendt's writings on humanity and the models of self-awareness it commonly uses to understand its earthly existence. Posted on 13 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Alienation from the Cartesian Change in the Meaning of Truth

Scholar Richard Barrett discusses the transformation of truth and its beauty as a result of Galileo's invention of the telescope. Posted on 1 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Arendt on Thinking with Kant and Kafka

HAC Associate Fellow Jeffrey Champlin discusses Arendt's conception of thinking as dually meaningful, implying either timeless human faculty or immersed reflection that is capable of change. Posted on 9 June 2014 | 11:42 am

The Dystopia of Knowledge

“This future man, whom the scientists tell us they will produce in no more than a hundred years, seems to be possessed by a rebellion against human existence as it has been given, a free gift from nowhere (secularly speaking), which he wishes to exchange, as it were, for something he has made himself.” Hannah…Read more The Dystopia of Knowledge Posted on 17 February 2014 | 12:39 pm

Machine-man and man-machines in the last stage of the laboring society

“The last stage of the laboring society, the society of job holders, demands of its members a sheer automatic functioning, as though individual life had actually been submerged in the over-all life process of the species and the only active decision still required of the individual were to let go, so to speak, to abandon…Read more Machine-man and man-machines in the last stage of the laboring society Posted on 26 August 2013 | 2:59 pm

The Brain Activity Map

I am a neural matrix of roughly 80 billion cells each charged with the potential for action, firing out in multiple patters of synchronicity towards a seemingly inexhaustible order of calculations — I am the system that emerges, I am its apex, I am sentience — therefore I am. This, I imagine, is what Descartes…Read more The Brain Activity Map Posted on 12 March 2013 | 11:26 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

How We Became Estranged With Nature

“An albatross dips towards the sea, then lifts again, beating its wings as if repelled by the opposing magnetism of the water.” Beginning her book, On Extinction, with this scene of natural collision, Melanie Challenger’s image soon unfolds as her gaze turns down to the expansive water. “The sea is deathly calm, spread out like…Read more How We Became Estranged With Nature Posted on 12 October 2012 | 4:30 pm