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Amor Mundi: Against Social Science

Against Social Science Malcolm Gladwell is interviewed by Dave Nussbaum about his recent podcast series taking on social science. Hannah Arendt was unusually skeptical about the use of social science in policy arguments. One reason Arendt distrusts social science is its deep-seated aversion to contingency, its belief that the complexity of human life can be…Read more Amor Mundi: Against Social Science Posted on 23 July 2017 | 7:00 am

2017 100/10 Challenge – An Open Letter from Director, Roger Berkowitz

We are experiencing a worldwide rebellion against liberal democracy. In Hungary, Russia, Turkey and other countries across Europe, right- and left-wing parties flirt with authoritarian rule. In the United States, President Donald J. Trump channels the voices of the self-described disenfranchised. Representative governments everywhere are shown to be corrupt, inefficient, and undemocratic. The great political…Read more 2017 100/10 Challenge – An Open Letter from Director, Roger Berkowitz Posted on 23 July 2017 | 12:00 am

Amor Mundi: Against Sovereignty

Against Sovereignty Jacob Levy dissents from the view that the rise of populism is not a response to a loss of democratic control over our collective lives. “My colleagues were generally sympathetic to an explanation that I think a lot of people endorse, but that is fundamentally misleading: The people are frustrated that they’ve lost democratic…Read more Amor Mundi: Against Sovereignty Posted on 16 July 2017 | 2:40 am

Amor Mundi: Democracy

Democracy“Lafayette Town Hall Meeting” by George Miller is licensed under CC BY 2.0 KJ Dell’Antonia writes about going to her town meeting in Lyme, New Hampshire. “I walked in a little late, just in time to vote — aye — on a new road grader ($329,700). Then we turned to the rerouting debate. A piece…Read more Amor Mundi: Democracy Posted on 9 July 2017 | 8:00 am

Amor Mundi: The Freedom to Be Free

The Freedom to Be FreeTo be released in January 2018. Jerry Kohn has edited and published “The Freedom to Be Free,” a previously unpublished lecture by Hannah Arendt. The essay will appear in Thinking Without a Banister, Essays in Understanding, Vol. 11, by Hannah Arendt, edited by J. Kohn, to be published by Schocken Books…Read more Amor Mundi: The Freedom to Be Free Posted on 2 July 2017 | 1:30 am

Amor Mundi: The Power of Lies

The Power of LiesBy Source, Fair use Robert Cottrel offers an account of why an autocrat lies. “Putin lies as a display of power. Only powerful people can lie and get away with it. The more blatant the lie, the greater the show of power when your listener cannot or dare not contradict you. It’s…Read more Amor Mundi: The Power of Lies Posted on 25 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Feminist Toughs

Feminist Toughs Jacquelyn Ardam writes about a study of tough women, and is particularly taken with the toughness of Hannah Arendt. “Now seems like a particularly important time to be thinking about what it means to be both tough and a woman. Deborah Nelson’s Tough Enough is a useful guide to a particular kind of toughness —…Read more Amor Mundi: Feminist Toughs Posted on 18 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Plurality On Campus

Plurality On Campus(Source: Lisa Rathke) Laurie L. Patton, the President of Middlebury college, reflects on the lessons learned in the wake of the violent disruption by Middlebury students of a talk by Charles Murray. We must, she writes: “Move beyond the false dichotomy between free speech and inclusiveness. Our dual commitment to free expression and…Read more Amor Mundi: Plurality On Campus Posted on 11 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Friendship Versus Banality

Friendship Versus Banality George Prochnik explores the deep friendship between Hannah Arendt and Gershom Scholem. “WHEN GERSHOM SCHOLEM, the humanist scholar of Jewish mysticism, first met the philosopher Hannah Arendt in the 1930s he was bowled over by her intelligence and delighted by her character. To Walter Benjamin, he wrote excitedly that Arendt was rumored…Read more Amor Mundi: Friendship Versus Banality Posted on 4 June 2017 | 9:30 am

Amor Mundi: Justice Thomas’ Racial Fatalism

Justice Thomas' Racial Fatalism The Supreme Court this week ruled that two gerrymandered districts in North Carolina were unconstitutional because they were impermissibly drawn on racial grounds to dilute the vote of black Americans. The swing vote in the 5-3 majority decision was Justice Clarence Thomas. For Scott Lemieux, Thomas’ vote is consistent with an…Read more Amor Mundi: Justice Thomas’ Racial Fatalism Posted on 28 May 2017 | 9:30 am