Arendt is a Racist? Reflections on Little Rock

Reading: “Reflections on Little Rock” Monday November 20, 2017 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Philosophers and Critical Theorists are familiar with issues of anti-Semitism in Heidegger’s work, and Arendt’s relationship with Heidegger has of course been part of those discussions. Hannah Arendt is widely understood to be a highly regarded Jewish…

The Archaeology of a Silence: Hegemony and Socialist Strategy

Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Chapter 1 “Hegemony: the Genealogy of a Concept” Monday Sept. 23 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room “The aim is still to radicalize democracy, but in order to radicalize it you first need to recover it.” –Chantal Mouffe For this night’s discussion, please read the first chapter…

Freedom’s Just Another Word: The “Atlanta Compromise”

Monday Oct. 9 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room Sign up using this form or through Meetup.com At this Critical Theory Chicago event, we will discuss the “Atlanta Exposition Speech” through Booker T. Washington’s reflections and W.E.B. DuBois’ rebuttal. The readings for this Meetup are:  1. Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery,…

Horkheimer – The Social Function of Philosophy

Monday September 25th 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room At the centrally-located Harold Washington Library, we will discuss the essay “The Social Function of Philosophy” by Max Horkheimer. The goal is to understand how discussions and ideas, even academic or philosophical ones, affect the world. This free event is open to…

The Fact of Blackness

CTC Discussion: The Fact of Blackness Monday September 11, 6-8 pm Harold Washington Library 6th Floor North Study Room [PDF] The Fact of Blackness Add this to your calendar “And then the occasion arose when I had to meet the white man’s eyes. An unfamiliar weight burdened me. The real world challenged my claims. In the…

Marx Seminar – The Humanist, Materialist, and Economic Periods

Wk 7 Reading: Last half of “I. Feuerbach: Opposition of the Materialist and Idealist Outlooks”  at Next Door Dec. 23rd Tell me about Marxism. Go on. We’ve all heard of Karl Marx and his ideas, but could you tell me what those ideas are? Are you slightly annoyed that you hear about it so much…

Interrogating Identity -Bhabha, Fanon, and Colonialism

Psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, and identity as “a fluid and indeterminate play of difference.” (Drew Milne, Modern Critical Thought pg 287). What’s not to love? We will be discussing “Interrogating Identity: Frantz Fanon and the Postcolonial Prerogative” from The Location of Culture” by Homi Bhabha. Text is available here. Please add the event to your calendar and RSVP…

The Human Condition – Discussion Series

Critical Theory Chicago has had a few events discussing the works of Arendt, and most recently The Human Condition. Since there has been enough interest, here is the rest of the book broken up into a series of discussions. Please join us. Sessions to Join and Sections to Read You can view the CTC calendar,…

Labor, Fertility, and Property – CTC Arendt Discussion

[…] labor became the source of all productivity and the expression of the very humanity of man. -The Human Condition pg 101 To understand labor, property, and wealth in modernity, we will discuss how these came to be understood by the great political thinkers of modernity – Locke, Smith, Marx, and Arendt. To continue our…

Labor and Life – A CTC Discussion

[T]he daily fight in which the human body is engaged to keep their world clean and prevent its decay bears little resemblance to heroic deeds; the endurance it needs to repair every day anew the waste of of yesterday is not courage, and what makes the effort painful is not danger but its relentless repetition….