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Sam Moyn: “Human Rights in the History of Global Cosmopolitanisms”

Professor Samuel Moyn of Columbia University recently gave a talk entitled at Bard sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center and the Human Rights Program. The talk addressed themes from his recent and widely-discussed book, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History (Harvard 2010).  Professor Moyn is also the author of Origins of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas Between…Read more Sam Moyn: “Human Rights in the History of Global Cosmopolitanisms” Posted on 25 September 2010 | 7:38 am

It’s Not Technology; It’s the Desire for Peace and Perfection

Jaron Lanier has another excellent essay probing the dangers that technophilia poses to human thinking. His theme is technology in the classroom and he asks: Does the Digital Classroom Enfeeble the Mind? What makes Lanier perhaps the most thoughtful essayist on the question of human thinking is his insistence on asking the question: What happens…Read more It’s Not Technology; It’s the Desire for Peace and Perfection Posted on 19 September 2010 | 9:53 pm

Nietzsche via Julian Young via Scott Horton

You could do far worse than spending a few minutes on a Sunday reading Scott Horton’s brief interview with Julian Young on the philosopher of the bent bow. A Snippet: “Without music life would be an error” is a great T-shirt slogan, but its meaning is far from obvious. Here is how Nietzsche glosses his…Read more Nietzsche via Julian Young via Scott Horton Posted on 19 September 2010 | 10:08 am

Is The Singularity Near? A Discussion.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15th, The Hannah Arendt Center inaugurated our new series of Wednesday lunchtime talks. The talks take place in the Mary McCarthy House seminar room. For the first lunchtime talk, I invited three colleagues to discuss Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is Near. The talks are viewable below. A Discussion on Singularity Part…Read more Is The Singularity Near? A Discussion. Posted on 16 September 2010 | 2:54 pm

Conference Announcment

Making History in the Courtroom From the Soviet Show Trials to the Khmer Rouge Trials International Conference, Cardozo Law School & NYU Law School, New York, September 16 & 17, 2010 goodrichConference Program final Posted on 13 September 2010 | 12:28 am

Visualizing Law in the Digital Age

A Guest Post from Richard Sherwin. Richard.Sherwin@nyls.edu In anticipation of Bard’s upcoming fall conference (“Human Being in an Inhuman Age”) and reflecting upon several related threads in recent blogs (regarding “the wonders of man in the age of simulation”), I’ve found myself thinking about Rabbi Joseph Soleveitchik’s observations concerning the profound split in human nature.…Read more Visualizing Law in the Digital Age Posted on 12 September 2010 | 1:57 pm

The Robot is Boss

John Markoff has a new installment in The New York Times Smarter Than You Think Series today, The Boss is Robotic, And Rolling Up Behind You. After an earlier article looking at the use of robots in the classroom, here Markoff looks at the use of robots to enhance and expand the reach of those…Read more The Robot is Boss Posted on 5 September 2010 | 9:16 am

Can We Know Ourselves?

If there is one core assumption that some, like Ray Kurzweil, make, it is that what we do, how we think, and what we are as humans can, as can all things in nature, be understood. Quite simply, Kurzweil adopts the fundamentally scientific view that the world is an ordered universe that can be analyzed, comprehended,…Read more Can We Know Ourselves? Posted on 4 September 2010 | 8:29 pm