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…

Introduction into Politics – Leading into Genuine Action

This is the end. And the beginning. After this American Presidential election, many of us find ourselves asking what we can do. Perhaps some of us can start by broadening our understanding of politics in the first place as action. “Introduction into Politics” is the final essay in The Promise of Politics. which is a collection of essays on…

Did You Get Your Politics in My Philosophy? – The Promise of Politics

A Sort of “Introduction Into Politics” Some may say that philosophy has no say in the political sphere or that it shouldn’t be concerned with such things. Some may say they don’t like politics or perceive a political sphere to be outside of their own experience best left to the talking heads on a television…

Feminism, Socialism, and Cyborgs; Oh My!

Monday June 27 6-8 pm at the Harold Washington Library 6th Floor South Study Room Add to your calendar RSVP RSVP list is currently full. Check back for future events, or follow us on Twitter to be in the loop about future events. Drinks, food, or coffee will be shared after–kinda like a celebration of getting…