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A Chinese President Visits the United States – Where are the Arendtians?

The People’s Republic of China is fertile territory for Arendt scholars. But, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the U.S. this week, where are they? Posted on 21 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Conditions of “Savages”

Michiel Bot discusses how Arendt's use of the term "savages" and "Dark Continent" in The Origins of Totalitarianism can advance our political thinking. Posted on 13 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 2/8/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the transformation of artists into creative entrepreneurs, meditate on the fragility of our common world, recognize the importance of "popular art," and much more. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 pm

Phenomenology of Drones

Drones are everywhere; everywhere, however, drones are poorly understood. One reason is the confusion of drones with targeted killings in the war on terror. Much of the commentary about drones concerns the legitimacy of extrajudicial killing as well as the civilian casualties that accompany such attacks. Such killings are hardly new, as warring states and…Read more Phenomenology of Drones Posted on 25 October 2013 | 3:00 pm

Power, Persuasion, and Organization

  John Duncan has in interesting response to Bill Dixon’s Quote of the Week this week. Dixon wrote about the importance of power (as opposed to violence or domination) in political life. And he worried that power was being lost and, what is more, becoming impossible to hold on to or acquire in the modern…Read more Power, Persuasion, and Organization Posted on 18 January 2013 | 11:46 am

Thinking through the Human Condition

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Answering Arendt’s Indictments of Social Science My blog post today is the first of a series of contributions that aims to bring Arendt’s thought into conversation with cultural anthropology, my home discipline, and other modes of social analysis. At first glance, Arendt and anthropologists would seem to…Read more Thinking through the Human Condition Posted on 17 July 2012 | 2:26 pm

Childism, Chapter 2 – Elisabeth Young-Bruehl

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s final work, Childism, was published soon after her untimely passing in December of 2011. In the book, Young-Bruehl, a long time psychoanalyst and child advocate, focuses on the pervasive prejudice she feels overshadows many children in our society. Be it abuse, or the modern day phenomenon of helicopter-parenting, she felt these injustices served to…Read more Childism, Chapter 2 – Elisabeth Young-Bruehl Posted on 16 April 2012 | 3:43 pm