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Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Roger Berkowitz discusses the nature of democracy in the modern world and compares Jacque's Ranciere's conceptualization of this "paradoxical politics" with that of Hannah Arendt. Posted on 23 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Geography is not Destiny

How are we to explain the formation and collapse of the world’s great empires in the sweep of human history? And what might the fates of past civilizations suggest about the global political scene in the present and future? Such questions are the focus of Robert D. Kaplan’s recent book, The Revenge of Geography (2012),…Read more Geography is not Destiny Posted on 5 February 2013 | 2:37 pm

Asking—and Answering—the Question: Does the President Matter?

The Arendt Center recently completed its fifth annual conference, which revolved this year around the past and present state of the U.S. presidency. I attended most of the proceedings, and the presentations and discussions I witnessed were worthy of close attention. Perhaps above all, the conference sharpened my awareness for the prerogatives, possibilities, and limits…Read more Asking—and Answering—the Question: Does the President Matter? Posted on 2 October 2012 | 2:33 pm

Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Politics today is democratic politics. While history has not ended and democracy is not universal, there is no doubt that the spirit of our age is democratic. From France and the United States in the 18th century, to the European revolutions of 1848, to decolonialization in the 20th century, the fall of the Iron Curtain…Read more Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics Posted on 9 March 2012 | 12:35 pm