In an essay on Arendt in this year’s Critique 13/13 Seminars, Seyla Benhabib asks whether it makes sense to read Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition as a core text in the somewhat arcane world of critical theory. For Benahabib, Arendt’s text is “critical” insofar as it “shares with the Marxist tradition a critique of the alienation of the homo faber from the products...
I met Jacques Taminiaux in 1978 in Monteripido, where the Collegium Phenomenologicum gathered for six weeks in June and July. Monteripido is a Franciscan monastery -- a calm and beautiful place -- eight hundred years old, built in stone high above the fortress city of Perugia, Umbria, italy. It is the oldest Franciscan monastery after Assisi in which St. Francis lived and died. When the sky is clear one can see from Monteripido to Assisi.
Matthew Stewart in The Atlantic rehearses the truth that the top one percent of Americans are villains and the bottom 99 percent are the good guys. The reality, he argues, is more complicated. Stewart divides us instead into three classes. There is the top 0.1 percent who are masters of the universe and the bottom 90 percent who are losing out in a race to the bottom. In between is the top 9.9 percent who Stewart calls “the new aristocrats.” While it is easy to claim to be part of the 99%, many who do so are part of this new aristocracy who Stewart argues are “accomplices in a process that is slowly strangling the economy, destabilizing American politics, and eroding democracy.”