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Cultural Politics (1 July 2016) 12 (2): 155–172.
Published: 01 July 2016
...Laikwan Pang This article explores the meanings of the arts produced in the 2014 Hong Kong Umbrella Movement, using a reinterpretation of Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy. It examines how these arts struggle with the tensions between politics and aesthetics. These arts are not only politically...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2016) 12 (2): 190–201.
Published: 01 July 2016
... was immanent, the French resistance poet René Char wrote that he and his colleagues had been left an “inheritance without testimony.” Hannah Arendt, in her commentary on Char, suggests these words refer to a “precarious freedom” that emerges in war and revolution, just briefly. A moment “between past...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 34–47.
Published: 01 March 2017
... means to oppose totalitarianism by reasserting this ideal. While Marcuse’s position is distinctive and derives from specific literary examples, Hannah Arendt and Ernst Bloch also refer to the pursuit of happiness and, in different ways, include aesthetics in a philosophical refusal of tyranny. Hannah...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2017) 13 (1): 129–131.
Published: 01 March 2017
... current skills in “multitasking” are not a development but a regression. What we are losing are the skills of contemplation and listening. Not the vita activa that Hannah Arendt argues we are lacking, but instead—more and more—it is the vita contemplativa that is lost to us. Restlessness dominates the...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2017) 13 (3): 296–299.
Published: 01 November 2017
...- digital world. Yet even here, Bauman permits his old hopefulness to pry wider some cracks that might admit light. He returns to some of his oldest jousting companions, such as Hannah Arendt, whose work suggests to him that sociology and the art of dialogue are the bridge between thought and action. He...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2009) 5 (1): 118–132.
Published: 01 March 2009
...) (July/August): 31. 3. Kristeva, Julia. 2001. Hannah Arendt . Trans. Ross Guberman, pp. 71–81. New York: Columbia University Press. See Kristeva’s discussion of the etymology of the Greek “polis” with regard to Hannah Arendt’s political philosophy, anchored in both dialogue and action within the polis...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2015) 11 (1): 134–138.
Published: 01 March 2015
... of drone warfare. If various twentieth-century cultural critics, from Günther Anders to Hannah Arendt, were extremely worried that the growing technologization of society would lead to the gradual reduction of moral action to functional responsibility, then this process appears to have reached its...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2012) 8 (1): 157–162.
Published: 01 March 2012
... romantic understandings of oppression that Hands mobilizes via theorists like Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, as well as Hannah Arendt and John Holloway, are not themselves hopelessly out of date. Either way, Hands's idea about the centrality of the QARN to anticapitalist social change can only lead to an...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2009) 5 (3): 277–298.
Published: 01 November 2009
... sphere and the plurality of perspectives are stressed in the work of Hannah Arendt. As Christian Geulen argues, in Arendt's approach one finds a notion of the public explicitly avoiding the presupposition of symmetry: “a common world disappears when seen under one aspect; a common world only exists in...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2014) 10 (2): 239–249.
Published: 01 July 2014
... the mantra that there is no alternative, by media lies, and by the triumph of money. Hannah Arendt writes: History knows many periods of dark times in which the public realm has been obscured and the world become so dubious that people have ceased to ask any more of politics than that it show due...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 262–274.
Published: 01 November 2014
... possibilities of such redirection). One way to think of encounter might be in terms of what Hannah Arendt says of the transformative force of astonishment, puzzlement, perplexity, surprise, and, beyond that, wonder. “What sets men wondering,” says Arendt, “is something familiar and yet normally invisible, and...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2007) 3 (3): 357–380.
Published: 01 November 2007
...-death” – is overruled by Hannah Arendt’s “natality”: A coming-into-world ( zur-Welt-kommen ) (ET: 205) that includes both bi-unity and creativity. Within Sloterdijk’s general science of revolution, natality is the second radical. The first revolutionary radical was civil society as part of modern nation...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2018) 14 (1): 20–39.
Published: 01 March 2018
... those who have already lost everything from moving forward or experiencing the certainty of “having a place” and belonging to a community. Instead, they take up the ghostlike existence of the living dead, subdued by a bureaucratic system that is banal yet evil, to evoke Hannah Arendt’s infamous analysis...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2018) 14 (1): 95–108.
Published: 01 March 2018
... discourse. In this section, we make a political leap from Kantian reflections on the beautiful and the sublime to more contemporary political issues and ideas. This move is not as far-fetched as it might at first appear. Indeed, scholars from Friedrich Schiller (1982) to Hannah Arendt (1982) to Joseph...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2008) 4 (1): 100–122.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Hannah Arendt will describe in her “What is Freedom?” (1993[1961]: 371). She affirms that irreducible element of passivity or the “given” in all human experience as the ordinarily “miraculous.” It is because of this element of the “miraculous” present in all reality that any event, no matter how well...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2011) 7 (3): 359–370.
Published: 01 November 2011
... fully responsible political behavior. Taking up Hannah Arendt's analysis at this point, we might say we have to take the view that “we are free because equal,” not that our equality will emerge with our liberation from the sphere of needs. Because that liberation is endless, it justifies our remaining...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2014) 10 (3): 300–319.
Published: 01 November 2014
... smoothly as possible forgets about what happens to them there.” Metzger’s idea of autodestruction can be seen as a reflection on the aforementioned thoughtlessness, which, following Hannah Arendt’s arguments, was constitutive of the Holocaust itself. After Auschwitz, a time marked by a distinction between...
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Cultural Politics (1 July 2011) 7 (2): 265–288.
Published: 01 July 2011
... discourse, performance, and rituals. As Rousseau put it, to establish the validity of manmade laws, one actually would need gods ( Arendt 1963: 184 ). On the other hand, it is reflective and creative of new meanings. According to Hannah Arendt, “the limitations of the law are never entirely reliable...
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Cultural Politics (1 November 2010) 6 (3): 287–302.
Published: 01 November 2010
... honor of debate – suggest themselves as a brake on the paranoid fantasies that Canetti sees as inseparable from the structure of rule. For Canetti, as with his contemporary, Hannah Arendt (1976) , totalitarian rule appears as the empire of enforced, isolating silence: “People become silent when they...
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Cultural Politics (1 March 2012) 8 (1): 61–72.
Published: 01 March 2012
... that the great Hannah Arendt did not deal with. “Globalitarism” goes much further than the totalitarianism that she analyzed to perfection. I am announcing the dawn of globalitarism, in other words, this nihilism, this sur-nihilism that no longer believes in any god or hero, prophet or great man or...