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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

The Delusion of the Omnipotence

It is worth analysing the different forms of violence and asking why and how they transgress various boundaries to approach omnipotence Posted on 3 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Why Must We Care

Is there such a thing as too much free speech? The Editors at N+1 think so. They posted an editorial this week lamenting the overabundance of speaking that has swept over our nation like a plague: A strange mania governs the people of our great nation, a mania that these days results in many individual…Read more Why Must We Care Posted on 31 January 2014 | 3:47 pm

Amor Mundi Newsletter – 9/1/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi Newsletter – 9/1/13 Posted on 3 September 2013 | 2:14 pm

The Danger of Intellectuals

[T]here are, indeed, few things that are more frightening than the steadily increasing prestige of scientifically minded brain trusters in the councils of government during the last decades. The trouble is not that they are cold-blooded enough to “think the unthinkable,” but that they do not think. -Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” Hannah Arendt’s warning about…Read more The Danger of Intellectuals Posted on 22 July 2013 | 2:20 pm

The Delusion of the Omnipotence

“There is a difference between a man who sets out to murder his old aunt and people who without considering the economic usefulness of their actions at all (…) build factories to produce corpses. (…) Perhaps what is behind it all is only that individual human beings did not kill other individual human beings for…Read more The Delusion of the Omnipotence Posted on 3 June 2013 | 9:57 am

Secondhand Gun Smoke

“The extreme form of power is All against One, the extreme form of violence is One against All. And this latter is never possible without instruments.” Hannah Arendt, On Violence The instruments that Hannah Arendt refers to in this quote are instruments of violence, that is to say, weapons.  Weapons, which in the main, translates…Read more Secondhand Gun Smoke Posted on 11 February 2013 | 11:00 am

Rethinking the Unsustainable

There is probably no presidential speech more quoted in Academic circles than Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, on the final day of his presidency. It was in that speech that Eisenhower warned of the danger of a military-industrial complex. The need for a permanent army and a permanent arms industry creates, he writes, a…Read more Rethinking the Unsustainable Posted on 22 May 2012 | 11:41 am

The Right to Have Rights in Syria

We are witness to more handwringing today from the international community over Syria. Something must be done to respond to the tragedy unfolding in slow motion. And yet, unwilling to act outside the rubric of humanitarianism, the international community is paralyzed. What the rebels in Syria want is not humanitarian aid, but weapons so that…Read more The Right to Have Rights in Syria Posted on 2 April 2012 | 2:50 pm