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Amor Mundi 12/14/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the disclosure of the CIA torture report, celebrate those efforts that are dedicated to keeping "forgotten" memories of Chinese history alive, wonder at the influence Fidel Castro may have had on Hannah Arendt, and much more! Posted on 15 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Arendt on Humanity’s Cosmic Awareness

Jeffrey Champlin explores Arendt's writings on humanity and the models of self-awareness it commonly uses to understand its earthly existence. Posted on 13 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – Lunchtime Talk with Douglas Irvin (2012)

This week, we take a look back at a 2012 Lunchtime Talk with Douglas Irvin on the origins of genocide. Posted on 31 July 2014 | 11:30 am

A Common Language

“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am

Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology

“[Augustine] distinguishes between the questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I?” the first being directed by man at himself […] For in the “great mystery,” the grande profundum, which man is (iv. 14), there is “something of man [aliquid hominis] which the spirit of man which is in him itself knoweth not. But…Read more Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology Posted on 6 May 2013 | 10:05 am

Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer

Ernst Cassirer is an oft-neglected thinker in contemporary continental philosophy. He is typically eclipsed by Martin Heidegger, whom he faced in the now famous disputation at Davos, Switzerland in the spring of 1929, which had such a dramatic effect on continental philosophy that the young Emmanuel Levinas, who attended the debate, felt as if he…Read more Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer Posted on 3 January 2013 | 2:30 pm

Casualties on “The War on Fat

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Common wisdom has it that the U.S. now faces an “obesity epidemic.” Ample statistical evidence would seem to support this claim. According to recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sixty-eight percent of adults, and thirty-two percent of children and adolescents, qualify as…Read more Casualties on “The War on Fat Posted on 14 September 2012 | 9:37 am

Thinking through the Human Condition

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Answering Arendt’s Indictments of Social Science My blog post today is the first of a series of contributions that aims to bring Arendt’s thought into conversation with cultural anthropology, my home discipline, and other modes of social analysis. At first glance, Arendt and anthropologists would seem to…Read more Thinking through the Human Condition Posted on 17 July 2012 | 2:26 pm

Recalling the Egyptian Revolution

In the aftermath of the recent presidential elections and the sentencing of Hosni Mubarak, the attention of many observers within and outside Egypt has turned to the complexities of the country’s immediate future. This focus is entirely understandable given Egypt’s prominent place in the wider Arab world and the intractable challenges it now confronts. But…Read more Recalling the Egyptian Revolution Posted on 6 June 2012 | 11:25 am

Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts

Political scientists around the country are in a huff here, and here, and here. The reason has little to do with the upcoming election, the vacuum in political leadership, or the state of the world. No, they are upset because Arizona Congressman Jeff Flake has proposed cutting the National Science Foundation’s Political Science Program that…Read more Political Scientists Bemoan Funding Cuts Posted on 16 May 2012 | 11:52 am