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Studying the History of Political Theory with Hannah Arendt

Arendt never gave an account of her methodology in political theory, but in her notes, we see her offering a way to engage the world of political thinking. Posted on 14 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

A Graduate Student’s Shelf Library of Arendt

The Hannah Arendt Center enjoys an image of a graduate student's personal "shelf library" of Arendt in this week's Library feature. Posted on 11 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 1/4/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reevaluate our basic understanding of liberty, reflect on whether economic inequality undermines democracy, realize the blame of the Bush-Cheney White House in allowing torture to flourish in the CIA, and much more. Posted on 5 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Etienne Balibar’s Reading of Arendt’s “Politics of Human Rights”

“We need to go one step further, in order to bring to light the extreme radicality of Arendt’s thesis: following the dialectical model of the coincidentia oppositorum, she does not limit herself to making the institution the source of positive right, but she sees in it a construction of the human as such, and she…Read more Etienne Balibar’s Reading of Arendt’s “Politics of Human Rights” Posted on 24 February 2014 | 11:17 am

Born into a World of Plurality

This Quote of the Week was originally posted on August 20, 2012 We are born into this world of plurality where father and mother stand ready for us, ready to receive us and welcome us and guide us and prove that we are not strangers.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch Notebook 19, Section 39, February, 1954 When Rousseau opens Of The…Read more Born into a World of Plurality Posted on 23 December 2013 | 11:40 am

Arendt, Rousseau, and Human Plurality in Politics

Arendt, Rousseau, and Human Plurality in Politics Margaret Canovan The Journal of Politics, Vol. 45, No. 2 (May, 1983), pp. 286-302 Readers of Arendt’s On Revolution have long remarked on her valorization of the American over the French Revolution. In this context, Margaret Canovan’s article offers a nuanced analysis of an unexpected topic: Arendt’s relation…Read more Arendt, Rousseau, and Human Plurality in Politics Posted on 8 October 2013 | 2:06 pm

When Power is Lost

Power is actualized only where word and deed have not parted company, where words are not empty and deeds not brutal, where words are not used to veil intentions but to disclose realities, and where deeds are not used to violate and destroy but to establish relations and create new realities.  -Hannah Arendt, The Human…Read more When Power is Lost Posted on 14 January 2013 | 11:46 am

The Burqa and the Political Realm

“The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition Over the past decade, European public opinion has roiled with controversy over the full face covering – the niqab or burqa – of Muslim women. According…Read more The Burqa and the Political Realm Posted on 30 October 2012 | 11:01 am

Born into a World of Plurality

“We are born into this world of plurality where father and mother stand ready for us, ready to receive us and welcome us and guide us and prove that we are not strangers.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch Notebook 19, Section 39, Feburary, 1954 When Rousseau opens Of The Social Contract with the striking phrase “Man is born free…Read more Born into a World of Plurality Posted on 20 August 2012 | 12:57 pm