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Articles from Vol. 62, No. 2, Spring

Arendt and Rhetoric
INTRODUCTIONIn 1924, Martin Heidegger delivered a set of lectures on Aristotle's rhetoric informed by an intertextual reading of Aristotle's works. These have now been published as Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy (Gesamtausgabe, volume 18:...
Arendt and the Pilgrims: Individualism, Community, and American Exceptionalism
IntroductionIndividualism is something that people (at least certain people) generally take today as a matter of course. One of the compensations, it is often said, for living in a liberal capitalist society is that each person gets to be an individual....
Arendt's Apology
This essay is dedicated to J. Peter Euben, a great teacher of human wisdom.INTRODUCTIONIn 1967, Hannah Arendt published an essay with the deceptively simple title, "Truth and Politics."1 Most scholarly discussions of her essay consider her distinction...
Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J. M. Coetzee
Patrick Hayes and Jan Wilm, eds., Beyond the Ancient Quarrel: Literature, Philosophy, and J. M. Coetzee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018; 264 pages; ISBN 9780198805281."I am not a philosopher and I have no training in philosophy," confessed J....
Building Worlds/Thinking Together about Ethical Loneliness
One of the wonderful things you get when you're lucky enough to have smart people read your work and comment on it is that you see your own thinking through the minds of others, and that is both a tremendous honor and an opportunity-sometimes to see...
Butler's Arendt: Dispossession and the Calamity of the Rightless
There are many Hannah Arendts in the sense that many different traditions of thought have claimed her: critical and leftist political theory, feminism, conservative civic republicanism, communitarianism, Kantian cosmopolitanism, Heideggerian phenomenology,...
Difference and Dependency, Violence and Sublimation: Two Questions for Kelly Oliver
Looking back from 2016, I found myself filled with admiration for Kelly Oliver's first book, her 1993 Reading Kristeva. Already in 1993, Oliver's thinking revolves around the need to depart from morality in the sense of moral codes. Simply, for Oliver,...
Hannah Arendt and Edward Said: Exile and Binationalism
The outside world is an exile and the inside world is an exile so who are you between the two? I don't completely know myself lest I lose myself, he said. (Darwish 2011:185-86)In the forty years since her death, Hannah Arendt remains a major figure in...
How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy's Past after Positivism
Robert C. Scharff, How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy's Past after Positivism. New York: Routledge, 2015; 321 pages.Despite what its title may suggest, Robert C. Scharff's new book is not primarily concerned with the relation...
Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude
Adriana Cavarero, Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude. Translated by Adam Sitze. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016; 205 pages.In his most recent introduction of Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero's work, Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude,...
In the Present Tense: Contemporary Engagements with Hannah Arendt
Thinking What We Are DoingIn an early entry to her Denktagebuch, or the extensive "thought diary" that she kept between 1950 and the early 1970s, Hannah Arendt asks a question that would seem to have concerned her for much of her career. "The question...
Invisible Tears and Voices Unheard: On Jill Stauffer's Ethical Loneliness
1. The Levinasian FrameJill Stauffer's Ethical Loneliness is a powerful and persuasive plea to each of us to hear the voices of those who habitually go unheard. The point is already made in the subtitle: The Injustice of Not Being Heard.' As we read...
Method Woes: Listen, O Philosophy!
Taking on the topic of post-conflict justice, Jill Stauffer's Ethical Loneliness: The Injustice of Not Being Heard is-expectedly-a difficult book.1 It is difficult because it refuses to let us avert our eyes and close our ears to violence that is not...
Neoliberalism and the Future of Democracy
I.IntroductionIn one of his final lectures, Jacques Derrida spoke about a disconcerting "indetermination" in the concept of democracy that permits "an assault on democratic freedoms . . . in the name of democracy."1 Anything may be permitted in the name...
On Learning to Hear Ethical Loneliness
It is difficult to present a work to which I want to pay homage.1 It's not enough to summarize a study as complex as this, much less to force it into legal theory or into philosophy tout court. The work is an odyssey through "situations" of abandonment...
Political Agents as Relational Selves: Rethinking EU Politics and Policy-Making with Hannah Arendt
It is widely acknowledged in political science and political theory that the European Union is an odd and genuine political object, with its strengths and weaknesses. In general, the problems the EU faces (unemployment, migration, rising inequalities,...
Public Happiness: Revisiting an Arendtian Hypothesis
For Dustin Ells Howes, in memoriamMoi je n'aurais pas tenusi personne ne m'avait vue,si vous n'aviez pas été la.Charlotte Delbo, Une connaissance inutileI.INTRODUCTIONOn February 1st, 2011 almost two million people gather in the Midan (square) of Tahrir...
Responding to Ethical Loneliness: The Boundaries of Autonomy and Reparative Listening
Philosophy's presence in human rights scholarship is both major and minor depending on how you look at it. On the one hand, philosophy is traditionally the home of human rights theory. Debates about the primacy of retributive, restorative, or distributive...
Rethinking Response Ethics: A Response to Leonard Lawlor
I'd like to thank Leonard Lawlor for his thoughtful engagement with my work on ethics. Given my commitment to response ethics, I'm already feeling guilty that my response to his attentive remarks will be inadequate, which is not only a side-effect of...
Roman Civil Religion and the Question of Jewish Politics in Arendt
IntroductionThe question of the relation between Arendt's political thought and Judaism has moved to the center of scholarly concerns thanks to the recent publication of her Jewish Writings from the 1930s and 40s. These texts reveal that decades before...
Superfluity and Precarity: Reading Arendt against Butler
At the conclusion of Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt writes, "We may say that radical evil has emerged in connection with a system in which all men have become equally superfluous. . . . The danger of the corpse factories and holes of oblivion...
The Glory of Signification: A Response to Jill Stauffer's Ethical Loneliness
Jill Stauffer has written a remarkable study in which the explicit voices of those who have been persecuted and abandoned, those who have failed to receive justice, indeed those whose very claim for justice remains systemically unrecognized and unheard,...
The Singularity and the Human Condition
Hannah Arendt's The Human Condition is about the fate of humanity in the aftermath of the modern age. The modern age began "in the seventeenth century [and] came to an end at the beginning of the twentieth century" (6).1 It is the age of science. In...
Truth and Truthfulness in Politics: Rereading Hannah Arendt's Essay "Socrates"
1.DOES ARENDT HOLD TRUTH IN OPPOSITION TO POLITICS?The recent focus on post-truth or post-fact politics1 has brought to the fore the question of the relationship between truth and politics-a question that is at the center of Hannah Arendt's works. Arendt's...
"Words Crumbled in My Mouth like Rotten Mushrooms": Hannah Arendt's Fatherless Thought
I. A New LanguageThe unnamed narrator of Ingeborg Bachmann's short story "Everything" ("Alles") from her 1961 collection The Thirtieth Year is, at best, a reluctant father. When his son is born, the father turns inward; as his infant begins to move about,...
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