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Recognizing Rage and Legitimate Acts of Violence

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Laurie Naranch explains how rage may authorize momentary violence as a legitimate, if for Arendt, antipolitical response to injustice. Posted on 20 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Mao Zedong on Perspective and Small Thinking

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Mao Zedong offers his thoughts on how a limited perspective can lead us to think small in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 8 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/16/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how one's living environment growing up affects one's future, wonder whether privacy exists in our networked society, realize the exponential decline of innovation, and much more. Posted on 17 November 2014 | 10:30 am

Amor Mundi 8/31/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the anti-totalitarian tones of Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon", ask how we can repair American public discourse, reflect on ways we can seek to understand and learn from history, and much more. Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Violence, Hypocrisy, and Scientific-Administrative “Laws”

“Moreover, if we inquire historically into the causes likely to transform engagés into enragés, it is not injustice that ranks first, but hypocrisy. … To tear the mask of hypocrisy from the face of the enemy, to unmask him and the devious machinations and manipulations that permit him to rule without using violent means, that…Read more Violence, Hypocrisy, and Scientific-Administrative “Laws” Posted on 12 May 2014 | 2:16 pm

Equality and Singularity

Thomas Piketty is not the only Frenchman making waves with a new book about inequality. The Society of Equals by Pierre Rosanvallon was just published in a translation by Arthur Goldhammer with Harvard University Press (the same press that published Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century). As does Piketty, Rosanvallon employs philosophy and history to…Read more Equality and Singularity Posted on 10 May 2014 | 12:21 pm

Promise and Peril

There is promise and peril in Ukraine. Ukrainians have evicted a corrupt President and embraced democracy. Just today, the Parliament worked towards a new government while citizens listened in on the debates from outside: At the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev Thursday morning, as legislators debated the confirmation of a new temporary government, hundreds of people…Read more Promise and Peril Posted on 27 February 2014 | 2:42 pm

Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory

Peter Singer writes of the suddenly divergent attitudes toward the two greatest mass murderers of the 20th Century, Hitler and Stalin: “Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale. But, while it is impossible to imagine a Hitler statue in Berlin, or anywhere else in Germany, statues of Stalin have…Read more Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory Posted on 10 January 2014 | 2:51 pm

Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality

Action is “the miracle that saves the world from its normal, ‘natural’ ruin.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition “I mentioned the quality of being a person as distinguished from being mere human…, and I said that to speak about a moral personality is almost redundancy…In the process of thought in which I actualize the specifically…Read more Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality Posted on 25 November 2013 | 12:02 pm

“The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System”

“The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System” James Muldoon, Critical Horizons 12.3 (2011) Muldoon sees Arendt’s advocacy of the council system at the end of On Revolution as a challenge to the excessive individualism enshrined in current structures of liberal representative government. He positions his argument between critics such as Margaret Canovan, who see Arendt’s…Read more “The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System” Posted on 22 October 2013 | 10:38 am