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On the Possibility of an Arendtian Nuclear Theory

N.A.C. Taylor observes that if we are to have an Arendtian nuclear theory, we must now construct it ourselves. Posted on 31 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

On the Justice of Institutions and of Persons: Impartiality and Dependency in Martha Nussbaum and Hannah Arendt

Arendt scarcely addressed distributive justice, but her reasoning could augment that of Martha Nussbaum, who criticized the liberal model of John Rawls. Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/1/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we remember Maya Angelou, honor a forgotten Solidarity union movement leader, and recognize the promise of Wikipedia for digital democracy. Posted on 2 June 2014 | 11:53 am

Arendt and a “Special Jewish Destiny”

anu Samnotra discusses how Arendt's understanding of fate and destiny, particularly how these concepts related to Jewish political life during the mid-twentieth century, helped shape her theories of philosophy and political theory. Posted on 2 June 2014 | 10:32 am

Equality and Singularity

Thomas Piketty is not the only Frenchman making waves with a new book about inequality. The Society of Equals by Pierre Rosanvallon was just published in a translation by Arthur Goldhammer with Harvard University Press (the same press that published Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century). As does Piketty, Rosanvallon employs philosophy and history to…Read more Equality and Singularity Posted on 10 May 2014 | 12:21 pm

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

The Politics of Intimacy

In an era defined by pervasive mass mediation, what role might intimacy—a relation of closeness and familiarity with another person—play in the realm of politics? Most of us are familiar with the town hall meetings, living-room campaign events, and other highly publicized yet simultaneously face-to-face interactions that now play a prominent role in this country’s…Read more The Politics of Intimacy Posted on 26 February 2013 | 2:45 pm

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am