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Amor Mundi 7/26/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reexamine the concentration camp as an institution of the Holocaust, reflect on the values of our "sharing" culture, and much more! Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Abraham Lincoln on Thinking and Reaching a Nation

Abraham Lincoln provides his thoughts on thinking and speaking to people in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 22 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/28/15

In our Amor Mundi, we celebrate the end of marriage inequality in the U.S., reflect on the life of Clementa Pinckney with President Obama, and much more. Posted on 28 June 2015 | 8:01 pm

Political Lies: Altering Facts and Rewriting History

Richard A. Barrett discusses how political lies not only skew history but also undermine a political actor's ability to engage with reality. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 1/4/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reevaluate our basic understanding of liberty, reflect on whether economic inequality undermines democracy, realize the blame of the Bush-Cheney White House in allowing torture to flourish in the CIA, and much more. Posted on 5 January 2015 | 11:30 am

The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideals Worth Fighting For?

In this week's Weekend Read, in preparation for our upcoming conference, Roger Berkowitz reflects on the decline of American exceptionalism and wonders what American ideas, if any, can inspire Americans to sacrifice and struggle for the common good. Posted on 4 October 2014 | 10:56 am

‘Give Me Peace or Give Me Death’

In 1956, as Russian tanks bore down upon Hungary and the short-lived freedoms of the Hungarian revolution, the director of the Hungarian News Agency sent a telex to the world. As Milan Kundera reports in a 1984 essay in the New York Review of Books, this Hungarian newspaperman, facing imminent death, ended his dispatch “with…Read more ‘Give Me Peace or Give Me Death’ Posted on 29 March 2014 | 2:29 pm

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Amor Mundi – 7/7/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 7/7/13 Posted on 8 July 2013 | 2:55 pm

The “E” Word

The New York Times tells the story of Benjamin Goering. Goering is 22. Until recently he studied computer science and philosophy at the University of Kansas. He felt “frustrated in crowded lecture halls where the professors did not even know his name.” So Goering dropped out of college and went to San Francisco, where he…Read more The “E” Word Posted on 5 December 2012 | 11:57 am