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Amor Mundi 2/28/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the danger Donald Trump poses to American democracy, honor students' right to free speech, and much more! Posted on 28 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Marshall McLuhan on Critical Vision and the Automatic

Marshall McLuhan comments on the power of critical thinking against automatic movement in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 23 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

The Deprivations of Privacy

Lance Strate discusses how Arendt teaches us about the mutability of privacy. Posted on 16 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Arendt and Datapolitik

Davide Panagia discusses how our relationship to the "real world" has been undermined by our connection to data, leading to a new form of political power called datapolitik. Posted on 22 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Death and the Public Realm

Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

The Laboratory as Anti-Environment

“Seen from the perspective of the “real” world, the laboratory is the anticipation of a changed environment.” -Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind I find this quote intriguing in that its reference to environments and environmental change speak to the fact that Arendt’s philosophy was essentially an ecological one, indeed one that is profoundly…Read more The Laboratory as Anti-Environment Posted on 16 December 2013 | 10:49 am

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

This “Quote” of the week originally ran on May 28, 2012 “The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 5 August 2013 | 10:22 am

Death and the Public Realm

“There is perhaps no clearer testimony to the loss of the public realm in the modern age than the almost complete loss of authentic concern with immortality, a loss somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous loss of the metaphysical concern with eternity.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt was one of the first to remark…Read more Death and the Public Realm Posted on 13 May 2013 | 11:05 am

The Deprivations of Privacy

“The emergence of society—the rise of housekeeping, its activities, problems, and organizational devices—from the shadowy interior of the household into the light of the public sphere, has not only blurred the old borderline between private and political, it has also changed almost beyond recognition the meaning of the two terms and their significance for the…Read more The Deprivations of Privacy Posted on 3 December 2012 | 10:57 am