The Political and the Social in the French Revolution

In her book On Revolution, Arendt analyzes how two events, the French Revolution and the American Revolution, sought to establish a new political order based on freedom. Despite having fundamentally changed our understanding of the political, none of these two revolutions succeeded in achieving this aim. In particular, Arendt is very critical of the French... Weiterlesen →

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Hannah Arendt on Freedom and Revolution

Since the two big revolutions of the 18th century, the American revolution and the French revolution, freedom has become a central political concept. In both cases, men and women stood up to free themselves from oppression and eventually demanded a new political order. The aim was to establish an order based on freedom. Hannah Arendt... Weiterlesen →

Existential feelings and politics

The role of moods in human existence A bit more than a year ago, I presented Heidegger in a talk as a philosopher who can help us to think about existential choices. These choices are different from ordinary choices – where we choose between two actions or streams of actions. They are more fundamental choices... Weiterlesen →

Are we becoming immortal?

The human condition – when we think about it – can be deeply unsatisfactory. We do not know why we were born in this particular place, this time, this body. Yet, we have to cope with our own life, knowing that it will end one day in an equally unfounded way. Many terrible things happen... Weiterlesen →

How we have lost a critical public sphere

The structures of communication have profounly changed over the last two decades. In my childhood (10 to 15 years ago), the telephone and postal mail were mainly used to communicate with friends and family members. It was common to read printed newspaper and watch the news on television or listen to the radio. Digitalisation has... Weiterlesen →

Technology: Have we lost control?

Technology is a defining feature of our time and it is becoming more and more pervasive. One of my professors in philosophy used to say: „Philosophy cannot reflect about our time without reflecting about technology. Any philosophy of our time has to be a philosophy of technology“. What are the chances and dangers of technology?... Weiterlesen →

Are you political?

Are you political? Many of us - young people in particular - tend to say no. Politics is too complicated and abstract to raise our interest. What is more, politics has come to be associated with parties or political organisations and with having to subordinate oneself to a group of people and their ideology. We... Weiterlesen →

What can History Teach us?

„What makes you think that some values are the right ones for everyone?“. I was walking through the streets of Berlin lately with a friend of mine and we were having an argument over values. We both agreed that rightwing populists were immoral, insofar as they propagated xenophobic and sometimes even racist thoughts. In my... Weiterlesen →

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