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The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Ideals Worth Fighting For?

In this week's Weekend Read, in preparation for our upcoming conference, Roger Berkowitz reflects on the decline of American exceptionalism and wonders what American ideas, if any, can inspire Americans to sacrifice and struggle for the common good.

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Posted on 4 October 2014 | 10:56 am

Amor Mundi 3/23/14

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 3/23/14

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Posted on 24 March 2014 | 11:52 am

Canard of Decline

The secret of American exceptionalism may very well be the uniquely American susceptibility to narratives of decline. From the American defeat in Vietnam and the Soviet launch of Sputnik to the quagmire in Afghanistan and the current financial crisis, naysayers proclaim the end of the American century. And yet the prophecies of decline are nearly…Read more Canard of Decline

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Posted on 1 November 2013 | 12:26 pm

The Burqa and the Political Realm

“The presence of others who see what we see and hear what we hear assures us of the reality of the world and ourselves.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition Over the past decade, European public opinion has roiled with controversy over the full face covering – the niqab or burqa – of Muslim women. According…Read more The Burqa and the Political Realm

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Posted on 30 October 2012 | 11:01 am