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Amor Mundi 05/01/16

We see an Arendtian lens put to the challenges of power and violence in Egypt, the profile of Justus Rosenberg in a recent New York Times piece, a world with both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump at play, "hyper-empathy" and more in this week's Amor Mundi. Posted on 1 May 2016 | 9:30 pm

Expanding the Mind Through Arendt

One of our followers on Twitter reveals how it is possible to expand one's mind by reading Arendt in this week's Library feature. Posted on 18 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 3/29/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how poverty has changed, explore the stories of some of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, and much more! Posted on 30 March 2015 | 10:00 am

The Revolution Will Not Be Institutionalized

Jeffrey Jurgens discusses Arendt's analysis of the Western tradition of revolution and how revolutionary episodes for her failed to enshrine the people's freedom in lasting institutions. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 10:00 am

The Spirit of Revolution

Roger Berkowitz emphasizes the need to restore spaces and possibilities for the experience of freedom, including in democratic states. Posted on 25 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Roger Berkowitz discusses the nature of democracy in the modern world and compares Jacque's Ranciere's conceptualization of this "paradoxical politics" with that of Hannah Arendt. Posted on 23 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

On Revolution

“The sad truth of the matter is that the French Revolution, which ended in disaster, has made world history, while the American Revolution, so triumphantly successful, has remained an event of little more than local importance.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution Last week brought two events into focus: the annual July 4th celebration commemorating the American…Read more On Revolution Posted on 8 July 2013 | 12:30 pm

The Perplexities of Secularism

Does a cross in a courtroom infringe on the religious freedom of non-Christians involved in legal proceedings? Does it violate the principles of a secular state? These questions have recently arisen in Germany thanks to the trial of Beate Zschäpe. Zschäpe is the one surviving member of the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a band of…Read more The Perplexities of Secularism Posted on 21 May 2013 | 1:06 pm

The Impact of Modern Warfare on Power and Politics

No government exclusively based on the means of violence has ever existed. Even the totalitarian ruler, whose chief instrument of rule is torture, needs a power basis—the secret police and its net of informers. Only the development of robot soldiers, which, as previously mentioned, would eliminate the human factor completely and, conceivably, permit one man…Read more The Impact of Modern Warfare on Power and Politics Posted on 15 April 2013 | 1:24 pm