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Distinctions, Depth, and Memory

By Richard Barrett “We are in danger of forgetting, and such an oblivion—quite apart from the contents themselves that could be lost—would mean that, humanly speaking, we would deprive ourselves of one dimension, the dimension of depth in human existence. For memory and depth are the same, or rather, depth cannot be reached by man…Read more Distinctions, Depth, and Memory Posted on 13 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Deprivations of Privacy

Lance Strate discusses how Arendt teaches us about the mutability of privacy. Posted on 16 March 2015 | 10:00 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

Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence

  “Neither education nor ingenuity nor talent can replace the constituent elements of the public realm, which make it the proper place for human excellence.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition I am proud to attend a college that envisions education as a life devoted to intellectual excellence. I am also proud of the fact that…Read more Hannah Arendt on Education and Excellence Posted on 30 September 2013 | 1:32 pm

The Deprivations of Privacy

“The emergence of society—the rise of housekeeping, its activities, problems, and organizational devices—from the shadowy interior of the household into the light of the public sphere, has not only blurred the old borderline between private and political, it has also changed almost beyond recognition the meaning of the two terms and their significance for the…Read more The Deprivations of Privacy Posted on 3 December 2012 | 10:57 am

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology

Modern secular-liberal sensibilities commonly presume that a fundamental opposition exists between freedom and authority, and they often equate freedom with autonomy of the will. That is, they associate freedom with an individual’s capacity to exercise a form of independent self-governance that does not bow to political dictates, religious injunctions, and other social constraints. Hannah Arendt…Read more Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Posted on 1 August 2012 | 1:05 pm

To Think What We Are Doing, Again…

Today marks the six month anniversary of our “Quote” of the week feature. We’ve had many wonderful scholars participate, and the contributing group continues to grow. However, this week we thought we would pause and look back at our very first “Quote” of the week from September 19, 2011. Aptly, Roger Berkowitz, the Academic Director…Read more To Think What We Are Doing, Again… Posted on 19 March 2012 | 2:15 pm