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Reads tagged with “Hannah Arendt”

Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition
Thinking vs. Cognition: Hannah Arendt on the Difference Between How Art and Science Illuminate the Human Condition

“The question whether thought has any meaning at all constitutes the same unanswerable riddle as the question for the meaning of life.”

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Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization
Lying in Politics: Hannah Arendt on Deception, Self-Deception, and the Psychology of Defactualization

“No matter how large the tissue of falsehood that an experienced liar has to offer, it will never be large enough … to cover the immensity of factuality.”

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The Remarkable Love Letters of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger
The Remarkable Love Letters of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger

“Why is love rich beyond all other possible human experiences and a sweet burden to those seized in its grasp? Because we become what we love and yet remain ourselves.”

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9 Books About the Many Meanings of Time: A TED Bookstore Collaboration
9 Books About the Many Meanings of Time: A TED Bookstore Collaboration

From Ada Lovelace to dark matter, a kaleidoscopic lens on life’s most elusive dimension.

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Hannah Arendt on Being vs. Appearing and Our Impulse for Self-Display
Hannah Arendt on Being vs. Appearing and Our Impulse for Self-Display

“Nothing and nobody exists in this world whose very being does not presuppose a spectator.”

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Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable
Mary McCarthy on Human Nature, Moral Choice, and How We Decide Whether Evil Is Forgivable

“One has to assume that every man is a thinking reed and a noble nature, even if only part-time.”

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Mary McCarthy on Love and Hannah Arendt’s Advice to Her on the Dangerous Delusion That We Can Change the People We Love
Mary McCarthy on Love and Hannah Arendt’s Advice to Her on the Dangerous Delusion That We Can Change the People We Love

“What’s the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as-you-were?”

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Between the World and Us: Hannah Arendt on Outsiderdom, the Power and Privilege of Being a Pariah, and How We Humanize Each Other
Between the World and Us: Hannah Arendt on Outsiderdom, the Power and Privilege of Being a Pariah, and How We Humanize Each Other

“We humanize what is going on in the world and in ourselves only by speaking of it, and in the course of speaking of it we learn to be human.”

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Hannah Arendt on Time, Space, and Where Our Thinking Ego Resides
Hannah Arendt on Time, Space, and Where Our Thinking Ego Resides

“The everywhere of thought is indeed a region of nowhere.”

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Hannah Arendt on Memory, the Elasticity of Time, and What Free Will Really Means
Hannah Arendt on Memory, the Elasticity of Time, and What Free Will Really Means

“Before we raise such questions as What is happiness, what is justice, what is knowledge, and so on, we must have seen happy and unhappy people, witnessed just and unjust deeds, experienced the desire to know and its fulfillment or frustration.”

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