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Perils of Invention : Lying, Technology, and the Human Condition

Roger Berkowitz, ed.


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Hannah Arendt (1906–1975) is the leading thinker of politics and the humanities in the modern era and continues to draw widespread attention. No other scholar so enrages and engages citizens and scholars from all political persuasions, all the while insisting on human dignity, providing a clear voice against totalitarianism, and defending freedom with extraordinary intelligence and courage. An activist and thinker whose work resists simple categorization, Arendt writes with a stunning lucidity that resonates with intellectuals and the reading public alike. Her writing continues to delight and inspire, even as she asks us to confront the most haunting questions of our time.

These twelve essays are based on talks originally given at three Hannah Arendt Center Conferences: "Human Being in an Inhuman Age," "Lying and Politics," and "Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age without Facts." The authors have diverse backgrounds—Arendt scholars, public intellectuals, novelists, journalists, and business people—and include Lewis Lapham, Nicholson Baker, George Kateb, Marianne Constable, Patchen Markell, and Peg Birmingham. These essays are based on oral lectures that make Arendt's thinking as accessible as it is potent.

Roger Berkowitz is Professor of Political Studies and Human Rights and the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. He is the author of The Gift of Science: Leibniz and the Modern Legal Tradition.

Table of Contents

  • Is Lying a Political Virtue? - Uday Singh Mehta
  • Democracy and Untruth - George Kateb
  • Word Order - Lewis Lapham
  • Show Me the Birth Certificate! How America’s Internet-Enabled Conspiracist Media Culture Is Destroying American Politics - Jonathan Kay
  • Why Are We So Matter of Fact about the Facts? - Peg Birmingham
  • When Telling the Truth Demands Courage Wolfgang Heuer
  • Arendt’s Eichmann: Murderer, Idealist, Clown - Jerome Kohn
  • Human Being in an Inhuman Age - Roger Berkowitz
  • Martin Heidegger and Gunther Anders on Technology: On Ray Kurzweil, Fritz Lang, and Transhumanism - Babette Babich
  • Some Notes on How We Should Imagine Human Beings in an Inhuman Age - Rob Rieman
  • Machines - Nicholson Baker
  • The Rhetoric of Sustainability: Human, All Too Human - Marianne Constable

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