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The Laboratory as Anti-Environment

“Seen from the perspective of the “real” world, the laboratory is the anticipation of a changed environment.” -Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind I find this quote intriguing in that its reference to environments and environmental change speak to the fact that Arendt’s philosophy was essentially an ecological one, indeed one that is profoundly…Read more The Laboratory as Anti-Environment Posted on 16 December 2013 | 10:49 am

Hannah Arendt as a Jewish Cosmopolitan Thinker

Hannah Arendt’s life and work defy easy categorization, so I tend to be skeptical when a writer tries to encapsulate her oeuvre in a few catchwords. After all, previous efforts at concise assessment have typically led to reductive if not tendentious misreadings. So I was both pleased and surprised by sociologist Natan Sznaider’s book Jewish…Read more Hannah Arendt as a Jewish Cosmopolitan Thinker Posted on 23 July 2013 | 2:42 pm

What is a Fact?

What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact? Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm