Wednesday 5th April 2017 | News + Events

Recent Book

Berkowitz, R., and Storey, I., (2017) Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch, Fordham University Press

ISBN: 978-0823272181

Artifacts of Thinking: Reading Arendt’s Denktagebuch offers a path through Hannah Arendt’s recently published Denktagebuch, or “Book of Thoughts.” In this book a number of innovative Arendt scholars come together to ask how we should think about these remarkable writings in the context of Arendt’s published writing and broader political thinking. Unique in its form, the Denktagebuch offers brilliant insights into Arendt’s practice of thinking and writing. Artifacts of Thinking provides an introduction to the Denktagebuch[read more]

Recent Publications

Hiruta, K., (2017) An ‘anti-utopian age?’: Isaiah Berlin’s England, Hannah Arendt’s America, and utopian thinking in dark times, Journal of Political Ideologies, 22(1): pp. 12-29

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2016.1258773

Abstract: “This essay challenges the influential view that Isaiah Berlin and Hannah Arendt played a central role in inaugurating an ‘anti-utopian age’. While the two thinkers certainly did their share to discredit the radical utopian inclination to portray a political blueprint in the abstract, I show that neither was straightforwardly anti-utopian. On the contrary, both thinkers’ writings display a different kind of utopian thinking, consisting in an imaginative and idealized reconstruction of existing polities…” [Read more]

Bierhanzl, J., (2017) Labor and Work: Levinas, Arendt and Marxism, Filozofia, 72(1): pp.46-53

Abstract: The article explores the relationship between labor and work in Levinas, taking into consideration Arendt’s understanding of action as well as the Marxist conception of labor. The sections dealing with the concept of work in Levinas’ Totality and Infinity offer a roughly reproduction of the Marxist dichotomy creation/self-creation: on one hand there is the claim to the unity of labor and expression; on the other hand there is an alienated labor with this unity broken. Here the works are commodities and workers dishonored and, what is more, exploited. Thus the reader is left with following questions: What is the true reason of breaking this fundamental bond of a person with herself/himself? How precisely this break is accomplished?… [read more]

In the News

What does it mean to love the world? Hannah Arendt and Amor Mundi
Samantha Rose Hill | Transformation
27th March 2017Extract: “In Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch (or ‘Thinking journal’) there’s a short entry on “Amor mundi — warum ist es so schwer, die Welt zu lieben?” “Love of the world — why is it so difficult to love the world?”

The day after the 2016 US presidential election I wrote a small piece for the Hannah Arendt Center newsletter Amor Mundi. Caught in the throes of grief, shocked, and uncertain of the future, I said that now we had to learn to love the world. Arendt’s provocation in that moment gave me a sense of calm and purpose, something to hold on to….” [read more]

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