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Amor Mundi 05/29/16

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 05/29/16 Posted on 29 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 10/26/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we examine the portrait of Edward Snowden director Laura Poitras paints in her new film "Citizenfour," dig deep into the criticism revolving around the NY Metropolitan Opera's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer," meditate on why the Hong Kong protesters will not give up their fight for democracy, and much more. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 3/24/13

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 3/24/13 Posted on 25 March 2013 | 12:13 pm

Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice

“Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice” Allen Speight, College Literature, Volume 38, Number 1, Winter 2011, pp. 115-130 Allen Speight, Director, Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University, argues for Arendt’s place among theorists of narrative such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Talyor, and Paul Ricouer. While he does indicate contemporary questions in both the Anglo-American…Read more Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice Posted on 21 March 2013 | 11:32 am

Arendt & Antigone

In a short entry in her Denktagebuch from 1956, Arendt offers a gnomic reflection on Antigone: Ad Orff, Antigone: Als sei alles darauf angelegt, uns zum Ertönen zu bringen. Wir aber verschliessen uns, verstummen und klagen nicht. Antigone- die klagende, tönende menschliche Stimme, in der alles offenbar wird. Ad Orff, Antigone: As if all was…Read more Arendt & Antigone Posted on 20 November 2012 | 3:25 pm

From the comments section

In response to my essay on simulation, Ben Stevens writes that simulations are fictions that have been around a long time. So, too, is Sophocles’ Antigone. Are these fictions not simulations? For my money, then, what remains to be seen is whether increased pervasion of simulation is qualitatively different from traditional or non-technoscientific modes of mediation including…Read more From the comments section Posted on 11 August 2010 | 9:49 am

The Wonders of Man in an Age of Simulations

Here is my latest essay, The Wonders of Man in an Age of Simulations that just appeared in The Fortnightly Review. It is a review of books by Ray Kurzweil, Jaron Lanier, and Sherry Turkle and sets up the question of Human Being in an Inhuman Age, the topic of the Arendt Center’s upcoming conference.…Read more The Wonders of Man in an Age of Simulations Posted on 9 August 2010 | 8:13 am