Wed, 21 Feb 2018


About Roger Berkowitz

I am the Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and Associate Professor of Politics, Human Rights, and Philosophy at Bard College. I speak and write regularly on questions of politics, free speech, technology and transhumanism, privacy, constitutionalism, and Hannah Arendt. 

My interests stretch from Greek and German philosophy to legal history and from the history of science to politics and constitutional democracy. My writing and teaching interweave close readings of political theory and philosophy with a focus on concrete legal and political questions. By bringing philosophy to bear on political and legal questions, I explore the origins and contours of real-world problems, from the violation of human rights to the reemergence of vengeance in criminal law. By grounding my readings of philosophy and political theory in concrete cases and events, I raise questions about the idea of justice in a way that continually insists upon the relevance of rigorous inquiry to everyday life. Above all, my work asks what it means to be just in our world.


New and Noteworthy

Reconciling Oneself to the Impossibility of Reconciliation: Judgment and Worldliness in Hannah Arendt's Politics

In this essay I argue that reconciliation is a central and guiding idea that deepens our understanding of Arendt’s politics, plurality, and ... read more

Das Tribunal: How To Love Our World

On June 19, 2015 at  ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Roger Berkowitz offered a lecture as part of thte ... read more

Conversation on "Why Privacy Matters" with Uday Mehta

On December 5, 2015, Roger Berkowitz and Uday Mehta discussed the topic of SURVEILLANCE AND THE PRIVATE LIFE: HANNAH ARENDT & GANDHI ... read more


The tension between legality and equity is only one of the fundamental ambivalences that run through the idea of justice. The good ... read more