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The Dystopia of Knowledge

Jennifer M. Hudson uses Arendt and David Eggers' The Circle to understand man's quest to free himself from nature and to infinitely expand his knowledge. Posted on 24 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

Hannah Arendt and the Political Dangers of Emotion

Johannes Lang explores the moral and political consequences of emotion entering into the public sphere. Posted on 23 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Blogging and the New Public Intellectual – Jay Rosen & Megan Garber

On October 27, 2013, Walter Russell Mead and Roger Berkowitz sat down with Jay Rosen and Megan Garber as part of the “Blogging and the New Public Intellectual” series. The series engages in ongoing discussion with the nation’s leading bloggers in politics, history, art, and culture. Jay Rosen is a media critic, a writer, and a…Read more Blogging and the New Public Intellectual – Jay Rosen & Megan Garber Posted on 18 February 2014 | 11:14 am

The Dystopia of Knowledge

“This future man, whom the scientists tell us they will produce in no more than a hundred years, seems to be possessed by a rebellion against human existence as it has been given, a free gift from nowhere (secularly speaking), which he wishes to exchange, as it were, for something he has made himself.” Hannah…Read more The Dystopia of Knowledge Posted on 17 February 2014 | 12:39 pm

Can We Survive Entertainment?

“The state of affairs, which indeed is equaled nowhere else in the world, can properly be called mass culture; its promoters are neither the masses nor their entertainers, but are those who try to entertain the masses with what once was an authentic object of culture, or to persuade them that Hamlet can be as…Read more Can We Survive Entertainment? Posted on 12 August 2013 | 11:39 am

Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13 Posted on 22 July 2013 | 3:06 pm

Impartiality

“impartiality is obtained by taking the viewpoints of others into account; impartiality is not the result of some higher standpoint that would then actually settle the dispute by being altogether above the meleé.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy In Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy, Arendt takes the surprising approach of drawing on Kant’s aesthetics…Read more Impartiality Posted on 15 July 2013 | 11:26 am

Herbert Marcuse on Thinking

Thanks to Bruce Barnhart for submitting this quote: “…thinking consists in knowing that the objective world is in reality, a subjective world, that it is the objectifcation of the subject.” -Herbert Marcuse Posted on 5 February 2013 | 10:16 am

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