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Thinking What We Are Doing in the Condition of Plurality

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Central to Arendt’s call for us to “think what we are doing” is for us to think about politics as occurring under the condition of plurality. But we often lack a language appropriate to think in these terms. Posted on 4 April 2016 | 8:45 am

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

When Power Runs Riot

Jeffrey Jurgens uses the protests in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD to understand both the differences and the relations between violence and power. Posted on 7 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/3/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we see the banality of evil in the trial of Oskar Gröning, identify certain dangers of social science research, and much more! Posted on 4 May 2015 | 11:30 am

Manifesting in the Wake of Charlie Hebdo

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Etienne Tassin discusses how we can use Arendt to understand the political success of those demonstrators who rallied together in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Posted on 16 February 2015 | 10:00 am

The Weakening of Power Through Violence

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Jeffrey Champlin reflects on Arendt's understanding of violence and the origins of power. Posted on 3 November 2014 | 9:00 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

Amor Mundi 8/24/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the continuing relevance of humanities in the university system, identify the emptiness and fear that motivates modern-day antisemitism and Islamophobia, reflect on the world that allowed the ISIS militant group to emerge, and much more. Posted on 25 August 2014 | 11:30 am

Our 100/10 Membership Challenge Ends Tomorrow!

Roger Berkowitz addresses the HAC community as part of the 100/10 membership challenge, which ends Friday, August 1st. Posted on 31 July 2014 | 10:00 am

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 pm