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,…

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…

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….

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…

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…