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Amor Mundi 1/25/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we wonder at the emotional intensity of childbirth and what it reveals about the meaningfulness of privacy, appreciate Arendt's ability to think radically, worry about how predictive technologies such as auto-correct may lead us to become personal cliches, and much more. Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:30 am

A Note of Gratitude

Our Library feature this week is a note to Arendt thanking her for her help on a particular translation of Martin Heidegger's "Being and Time." Posted on 12 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Arendt and a “Special Jewish Destiny”

anu Samnotra discusses how Arendt's understanding of fate and destiny, particularly how these concepts related to Jewish political life during the mid-twentieth century, helped shape her theories of philosophy and political theory. Posted on 2 June 2014 | 10:32 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

Hannah Arendt and Feminist Politics

Mary Dietz, “Hannah Arendt and Feminist Politics” In: Hannah Arendt: Critical Essays (Albany: SUNY Press, 1994) 231-260.   Dietz begins by recalling that in the 1970s and 80s, feminist critics Adrienne Rich and Mary O’Brien attacked Arendt as a great political thinker who, as female, was all the more culpable for strengthening traditional gender differences…Read more Hannah Arendt and Feminist Politics Posted on 6 August 2013 | 10:34 am

Guided Into the World

“Heidegger is wrong: man is not “thrown” “in the world;” if we are thrown, then – no differently from animals – onto the earth. Man is precisely guided, not thrown, precisely for that reason his continuity arises and the way he belongs appears. Poor us, if we are thrown into the world!” “Heidegger hat unrecht:…Read more Guided Into the World Posted on 4 February 2013 | 11:50 am

The Meaning of Life

Three weeks into my seminar on Martin Heidegger’s “Letter on Humanism,” I am once again at that moment when the students are simultaneously exasperated and thrilled by the audacity of Heidegger’s thinking. There is the confusion caused by Heidegger’s re-fashioning of words and his insistence that basic concepts like “person” and “essence” are the products…Read more The Meaning of Life Posted on 24 February 2012 | 2:11 pm