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The Perils of Invention

Lying, Technology, and the Human Condition

Distributed for Black Rose Books

The Perils of Invention

Lying, Technology, and the Human Condition

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.

The Perils of Invention is based on three Hannah Arendt Center Conferences: "Human Being in an Inhuman Age," "Lying and Politics," and "Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age without Facts." Contributions written for these conferences are placed alongside many new essays that reflect on the ideas they raised. The result is a freshly invigorated investigation into these critical and timely themes. The authors have diverse backgrounds—Arendt scholars, public intellectuals, novelists, journalists, and business people—and include Uday Mehta, Marrianne Constable, Nicholson Baker, George Kateb, Marianne Constable, Linda M.G. Zerilli, Peg Birmingham, Davide Panagia, and many others.

240 pages | 6 x 9

Political Science: Political and Social Theory


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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Perils of Invention - Roger Berkowitz

Truthtelling
When Reality Wobbles - Roger Berkowitz
Democracy and Untruth - George Kateb
Fact-Checking and Truth-Telling in an Age of Alternative Facts - Linda M.G. Zerilli
When Words Cease to Matter - Marrianne Constable
Supplement to When Words Cease to Matter - Marianne Constable
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
Is Lying a Political Virtue? - Uday Singh Mehta
When Telling the Truth Demands Courage - Wolfgang Heuer
Arendt’s Eichmann: Murderer, Idealist, Clown - Jerome Kohn

Human Being in an Inhuman Age
Singularity and the Human Condition - Roger Berkowitz
Martin Heidegger and Günther Anderson Technology: On Ray Kurzweil, Fritz Lang, and Transhumanism - Babette Babich
Political Thinking in an UnHuman Age - Davide Panagia
Some Notes on How We Should Imagine Human Beings in an Inhuman Age - Rob Rieman
Machines - Nicholson Baker
Drones and the Question of the Human - Roger Berkowitz
The Rhetoric of Sustainability:Human, All Too Human - Marianne Constable

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