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?
“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
The post The Laboratory as Anti-Environment appeared first on Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College.Posted on 16 December 2013 | 10:49 am
“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language
The post A Common Language appeared first on Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College.Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am
Does a cross in a courtroom infringe on the religious freedom of non-Christians involved in legal proceedings? Does it violate the principles of a secular state? These questions have recently arisen in Germany thanks to the trial of Beate Zschäpe. Zschäpe is the one surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a band of…Read more The Perplexities of Secularism
The post The Perplexities of Secularism appeared first on Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College.Posted on 21 May 2013 | 1:06 pm
No government exclusively based on the means of violence has ever existed. Even the totalitarian ruler, whose chief instrument of rule is torture, needs a power basis—the secret police and its net of informers. Only the development of robot soldiers, which, as previously mentioned, would eliminate the human factor completely and, conceivably, permit one man…Read more The Impact of Modern Warfare on Power and Politics