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Amor Mundi 3/20/16

In today's Amor Mundi, we consider Trump's banality, discover how comics affected Ta-Nehisi Coates' writing, get a sneak peek of some of the Fall Conference content in Roger's piece "Real Talk," also featured on Medium, and more... Posted on 20 March 2016 | 9:30 pm

Amor Mundi 1/31/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we dissect a 1962 pardon request made by Adolf Eichmann, reflect on the Malheur occupation, and much more! Posted on 1 February 2016 | 11:41 am

Busy Nobody

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While human natality can make freedom appear and disappear, the busy nobody also has the capacity to block the initiative that would manifest human freedom. Posted on 8 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/3/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we see the banality of evil in the trial of Oskar Gröning, identify certain dangers of social science research, and much more! Posted on 4 May 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 1/11/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss several different observers' reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meditate on the use of satire as a form of political commentary, reflect on the legacy of Ferguson, and much more. Posted on 12 January 2015 | 11:30 am

On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt

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Roger Berkowitz addresses a few of the common sources of anger and contempt that are leveled against Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem." Posted on 6 September 2014 | 12:25 pm

Dr. Strangelove and the Banality of Evil

Indeed my opinion now is that evil is never “radical,” that it is only extreme, and that it possesses neither depth nor any demonic dimension. It can overgrow and lay waste the whole world precisely because it spreads like a fungus over the surface. It is ‘thought-defying,’ as I said, because thought tries to reach…Read more Dr. Strangelove and the Banality of Evil Posted on 17 March 2014 | 11:24 am

The Irony of the Elite

Peggy Noonan is worried about the decadence of elite American culture. While the folks over at DailyKos are foaming about the irony of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter complaining about the excesses of the power elites, Noonan makes an important point about the corrosive effects that irony has on elites and on culture more generally. The two…Read more The Irony of the Elite Posted on 21 February 2014 | 12:41 pm

Thinking and Moral Considerations

“There exists in our society widespread fear of judging…[B]ehind the unwillingness to judge lurks the suspicion that no one is a free agent, and hence doubt that anyone is responsible or could be expected to answer for what he has done…Who has ever maintained that by judging a wrong I presuppose that I myself would…Read more Thinking and Moral Considerations Posted on 9 December 2013 | 1:01 pm

On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt

It is now more than 50 years since Hannah Arendt published Eichmann in Jerusalem. It is neither her best nor her most important book, yet it does contain essential and important insights. Above all, it offers us the example of a man who, as Arendt saw and understood him, moved fairly seamlessly from being an…Read more On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt Posted on 15 November 2013 | 2:21 pm