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The Reason For Being Is Freedom

Thomas Wild discusses Arendt's conception of freedom as a state of being experienced only in public. Posted on 10 November 2014 | 9:00 am

The Webcast Link for Our 2014 Fall Conference Is Now Live!

The Hannah Arendt Center announces that the webcast link for its upcoming fall conference is now live! Posted on 7 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 10/5/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore novelist Marilynne Robinson's observation that fear dominates the contemporary human condition, value the recognition of the "now" as made manifest in Richard McGuire's "Here", reflect on academics' deficiency when it comes to writing, and much more! Posted on 6 October 2014 | 11:30 am

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

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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

Amor Mundi 9/21/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appreciate the meaning of artistic talent to our physical and mental health, seek to understand Martin Heidegger's atypical and metaphysical Nazism, revel at the joy that is revision, and much more. Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:30 am

The Two American Constitutional Freedoms

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Roger Berkowitz revisits Robert Pranger's essay "The Decline of the American National Government" and in so doing identifies the importance of upholding a proper role for government, both local and national. Posted on 9 August 2014 | 11:20 am

Amor Mundi 2/16/14

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 2/16/14 Posted on 17 February 2014 | 2:43 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 11/3/13

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 11/3/13 Posted on 4 November 2013 | 1:23 pm

Canard of Decline

The secret of American exceptionalism may very well be the uniquely American susceptibility to narratives of decline. From the American defeat in Vietnam and the Soviet launch of Sputnik to the quagmire in Afghanistan and the current financial crisis, naysayers proclaim the end of the American century. And yet the prophecies of decline are nearly…Read more Canard of Decline Posted on 1 November 2013 | 12:26 pm