In the preface to her 1968 collection of essays, “Men in Dark Times,” Hannah Arendt wrote: “Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some illumination.” Today, in our own dark time, Arendt’s work is being read with a new urgency, precisely because it provides such illumination. Born in Germany in … Continue reading Why Read Hannah Arendt Now? Richard J. Bernstein’s new book has the answer.
We’re just over the halfway point of the year. Now this year, 2020 has been much on our minds because it will give us, we trust, on November 3rd, the long awaited presidential election. Assuming that Trump doesn’t succeed with his efforts to sabotage the election in his own favor, mainly by lowering the numbers … Continue reading my Blogging
Ideas are a big part of my life, the biggest part probably. Ideas not just in the books of ideas that I read, in particular those that I’m currently reading — but even in what I’ll call the fun books that are are always a welcomed distraction from my usually heavily laden life of ideas, … Continue reading The World as ideas, or better, ideas are the world, more than mountains, rivers, oceans, and people.