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Arendt’s Plurality of Languages

Tower of Babel
Thomas Wild and Anne Posten discuss how we need to read Hannah Arendt in the plurality of her languages in such a way that their differences illuminate each other if we want to grasp the political and poetic spectrum, legacy, and provocation of her thinking. Posted on 12 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Violence, Art, and Our Crisis in Culture

Laurie Naranch suggests that people's horror at the violence they witness every day can inspire them to attend to things in the common world. Posted on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 9/28/14

This week in our Amor Mundi, we explore why distrust in America's institutions is so prevalent, look to understand "nudging" as social policy, dig deeper into the relationship between madness and creativity, and much more! Posted on 29 September 2014 | 11:30 am

On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)

This “Quote of the week was originally published on December 19, 2011. “Conceptually, we may call truth what we cannot change; metaphorically, it is the ground on which we stand and the sky that stretches above us.” — Hannah Arendt, “Truth and Politics” I spent December 2 in Greencastle, Indiana, talking about politics, political theory,…Read more On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) Posted on 14 October 2013 | 11:40 am

Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer

Ernst Cassirer is an oft-neglected thinker in contemporary continental philosophy. He is typically eclipsed by Martin Heidegger, whom he faced in the now famous disputation at Davos, Switzerland in the spring of 1929, which had such a dramatic effect on continental philosophy that the young Emmanuel Levinas, who attended the debate, felt as if he…Read more Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer Posted on 3 January 2013 | 2:30 pm

Arendt & Antigone

In a short entry in her Denktagebuch from 1956, Arendt offers a gnomic reflection on Antigone: Ad Orff, Antigone: Als sei alles darauf angelegt, uns zum Ertönen zu bringen. Wir aber verschliessen uns, verstummen und klagen nicht. Antigone- die klagende, tönende menschliche Stimme, in der alles offenbar wird. Ad Orff, Antigone: As if all was…Read more Arendt & Antigone Posted on 20 November 2012 | 3:25 pm

Arendt’s Plurality of Languages

“Plurality of languages: […] It is crucial 1. that there are many languages and that they differ not only in vocabulary, but also in grammar, and so in mode of thought and 2. that all languages are learnable.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, i.e. Thinking Diary, p. 42f Hannah Arendt learned English quickly.  In the year after…Read more Arendt’s Plurality of Languages Posted on 13 August 2012 | 11:43 am

Hannah Arendt & the Case of Poetry

“The accusative of violence, like that of love, destroys the in-between, crushes or burns it, renders the other defenseless, strips itself of protection.  In contrast to this stands the dative of saying and speaking, which confirms the in-between, moves within it.  Then again there is the accusative of the singing poem, which removes and releases…Read more Hannah Arendt & the Case of Poetry Posted on 6 August 2012 | 11:58 am

Denktagebuch Conference at the Hannah Arendt Center

This is an exciting week at the Hannah Arendt Center. We are in the middle of the first annual Arendt Center Working Group Conference. The gathering was conceived to bring together humanities scholars from around the world to read, discuss, and think about one particular book in detail.  This year’s volume is the recently published…Read more Denktagebuch Conference at the Hannah Arendt Center Posted on 14 June 2012 | 10:44 am

On Facts (For Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)-Patchen Markell

“Conceptually, we may call truth what we cannot change; metaphorically, it is the ground on which we stand and the sky that stretches above us.” — Hannah Arendt, “Truth and Politics” I spent December 2 in Greencastle, Indiana, talking about politics, political theory, and the life and work of Hannah Arendt at DePauw University.  Over…Read more On Facts (For Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)-Patchen Markell Posted on 19 December 2011 | 2:27 pm