Montesquieu, Hegel, Marx, and the End of Tradition

Continuing Through The Promise of Politics Thank you to the participants at Critical Theory Chicago discussions! We’ve had such interesting conversations about and a growing interest in Arendt’s political philosophy that we are moving on through the rest of The Promise of Politics. If you missed the first two, don’t be afraid to jump in. The…

The Tradition of Political Thought

In The Promise of Politics Hannah Arendt examines the abyss that opened between thought and action – a tradition beginning with Plato and culminating with Marx.  A tradition that ultimately fails. At our last meetup we critiqued her essay “Socrates,” where she proposed that Plato, writing under the full impact of a politically decaying society,…

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…