The Deprivations of Privacy

Lance Strate discusses how Arendt teaches us about the mutability of privacy. Posted on 16 March 2015 | 10:00 am

The Humanities and Common Sense

Roger Berkowitz observes the unnecessarily specialized nature of humanities scholarship in today's colleges and universities and offers some remarks on how this can be remedied. Posted on 30 August 2014 | 9:53 am

Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence

  “Neither education nor ingenuity nor talent can replace the constituent elements of the public realm, which make it the proper place for human excellence.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition I am proud to attend a college that envisions education as a life devoted to intellectual excellence. I am also proud of the fact that…Read more Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence Posted on 30 September 2013 | 1:32 pm

Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition

Arnold Gehlen,”Vom tätigen Leben (Hannah Arendt)”, Merkur Vol. 159 (1961) 482-6. The conservative anthropologist Arnold Gehlen fell out of favor in post WWII Germany largely due to his support of the Nazis: he joined the party in 1933 but continued to teach after the war following a “denazification” process. However, with the recent rediscovery of…Read more Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition Posted on 7 May 2013 | 9:46 am

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm

The Deprivations of Privacy

“The emergence of society—the rise of housekeeping, its activities, problems, and organizational devices—from the shadowy interior of the household into the light of the public sphere, has not only blurred the old borderline between private and political, it has also changed almost beyond recognition the meaning of the two terms and their significance for the…Read more The Deprivations of Privacy Posted on 3 December 2012 | 10:57 am