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Amor Mundi 1/3/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the rise of amateurism in politics, contemplate the complexity of the human brain, and much more! Posted on 3 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on Arendt's understanding of evil and good in wake of the Paris attacks, scrutinize farmers markets, and much more! Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 9/27/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the features of Nazi antisemitism, reflect on whether bureaucracy can secure liberty, and much more! Posted on 27 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

Did Eichmann Think?

Roger Berkowitz discusses Bettina Stangneth's book "Eichmann Before Jerusalem: The Unexamined Life of a Mass Murderer" and argues that Arendt's report on the banality of evil has withstood the test of time, history, and countless critiques. Posted on 7 September 2014 | 8:47 am

The Demand for “Beginning” in the Face of the Unprecedented

HAC Associate Fellow Jeff Jurgens explains Arendt's view that judges need to be equipped to make decisions beyond the scope of legal precedent, such as in cases of genocide. He then explains how this view informed her support for the creation of an international criminal court. Posted on 4 August 2014 | 10:30 am

Goethe Institute Heidegger Tagebuecher Discussion

A photo album of when Roger Berkowitz discussed Heidegger's "Black Notebooks" at the Goethe Institut in New York this past April. Posted on 17 June 2014 | 11:17 am

Arendt on the Limits of Social Science

“[Regarding The Origins of Totalitarianism] while I feel that within the necessary limitations of a historical study and political analysis I made myself sufficiently clear on certain general perplexities which have come to light through the full development of totalitarianism, I also know that I failed to explain the particular method which I came to…Read more Arendt on the Limits of Social Science Posted on 19 May 2014 | 10:46 am

Amor Mundi 5/4/14

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 5/4/14 Posted on 5 May 2014 | 11:54 am

Heidegger, Being Human, and Antisemitism

This week in The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman writes about the recent scandal over Heidegger’s antisemitism and reports on the recent discussion at the Goethe Institute between myself; Babette Babich, Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University; and Peter Trawny, director of the Martin Heidegger Institute at the University of Wuppertal. Trawny has just edited three…Read more Heidegger, Being Human, and Antisemitism Posted on 3 May 2014 | 10:35 am

Amor Mundi 4/20/14

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 4/20/14 Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:29 pm