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Hannah Arendt — Among Friends?

Jerome Kohn remembers Hannah Arendt on the 40th anniversary of her death. Posted on 3 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/17/15

In our Amor Mundi, we meditate on death and the ephemeral nature of the body, investigate the inhuman nature of humanities conferences, and much more! Posted on 18 May 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 3/30/14

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…Read more Amor Mundi 3/30/14 Posted on 31 March 2014 | 12:04 pm

The Essay Form

“Like all collections of essays, this book of exercises [is] a sequence of movements which, like in a musical suite, are written in the same or related keys.” – Hannah Arendt, Preface to Between Past and Future, 1961 Hannah Arendt called Between Past and Future her most important book. The essay collection deals with fundamental…Read more The Essay Form Posted on 24 March 2014 | 10:24 am

Amor Mundi 11/17/13

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…Read more Amor Mundi 11/17/13 Posted on 18 November 2013 | 3:11 pm

The Importance of the New Film, “Hannah Arendt”

The Paris Review has just published an essay by Roger Berkowitz on the importance of the new film, “Hannah Arendt,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Here’s how it begins: In 1963, The New Yorker published five articles on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi chief of Bureau IV-B-4, a Gestapo division in charge of Jewish Affairs.…Read more The Importance of the New Film, “Hannah Arendt” Posted on 30 May 2013 | 1:58 pm

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

To Think What We Are Doing, Again…

Today marks the six month anniversary of our “Quote” of the week feature. We’ve had many wonderful scholars participate, and the contributing group continues to grow. However, this week we thought we would pause and look back at our very first “Quote” of the week from September 19, 2011. Aptly, Roger Berkowitz, the Academic Director…Read more To Think What We Are Doing, Again… Posted on 19 March 2012 | 2:15 pm

Kazin, Arendt, and the Divinity of Justice

“I think that of all the people I have ever known, you have been the staunchest in thought, the freest from conventional faithlessness.” Alfred Kazin wrote these words to Hannah Arendt in 1961. A few months ago I was enjoying a lunch with my new friend Matthias Bormuth, author of a wonderful book on Karl…Read more Kazin, Arendt, and the Divinity of Justice Posted on 26 August 2011 | 8:42 am