An Agonistic Model of Democracy – Mouffe v. Arendt

And, now for something completely different… …Well, at least someone who disagrees with some of Arendt’s main points – Chantal Mouffe. Our discussions around Arendt’s political writings, as thought provoking in informative as they are, often left some attendees wondering what options we have for political structures in this brave new modern capitalist world. Perhaps…

What is the Private Realm to a Political Philosopher?

For thinkers faced with the reality of extreme connectivity in the era of the internet, the thin lines we’ve drawn between the public and private are all the more interesting. Though this connectivity is indeed a new way of being in many ways, these concerns with the ramifications of the sorts of boundaries drawn to…

The Humanist Period of Marx – Discussion and Close Readings of Early Marx

“The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the begetting of man through human labor.” – Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts As a follow-up to our discussion on Lukács, we will be hosting a series of discussions focusing on the development and growth of Marx’s thought. Spanning the fields of politics, sociology, economics, philosophy,…

Totalitarianism: A Discussion on Ideology and Terror

In response to a rise in nationalism, there is also a rise in discussions about what an authoritarian regime looks like. In many of these discussions, Hannah Arendt’s research on Nazi-era Germany and her political theories have informed concerns and hopes for our political future. Critical Theory Chicago has recently had a repeated interest in political…

What is Government? Rousseau’s Social Contract Book 3

CTC recently finished multiple discussions about Hannah Arendt’s views on politics. Many times in our discussions, the role of a government in the political sphere was brought forward. So we now we will ask: What is government? Alex and Ben are new to the group discussions, and have jumped on the opportunity to lead a…