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The Politics of Kafka

Arendt reconstructs from Kafka's work a writer inspired by a world “in which the actions of man depend on nothing but himself and his spontaneity.”

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Posted on 22 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/8/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore a culture of 'vindictive protectiveness' at Yale, reflect on the democratic utility of libraries, and much more!

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Posted on 8 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

Kafka’s Sarcasm and Arendt’s Action

Arendt's description of The Trial in terms of "sarcasm" raises a number of issues about the effect and intended meaning of Kafka's writing.

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Posted on 1 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Born of Necessity, Blindness, or Strategy: On Greece and the Bureaucratically Divine

Bureaucracy, as imagined by both Kafka and Arendt, embodies an ideology of necessity through which humans abdicate responsibility for their common world.

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

See You Again

“To my dear Hannah, In these years our friendship has stood the test. In this relationship we no longer need to have any worries. Goodbye, Your Kurt. New York, April 30th 1945.”  “Meiner lieben Hannah,” reads a handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s Der Prozess (The Trial), gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to…Read more See You Again

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Posted on 7 January 2013 | 11:38 am