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Stalinism in Retrospect: Hannah Arendt

Peter Baehr analyzes “Stalinism in Retrospect”, Arendt's contribution to Columbia’s Seminar on Communism, with respect to her theories on totalitarianism. Posted on 30 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/10/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the implications of a new French surveillance law, consider the infantalization of college students, and much more! Posted on 11 May 2015 | 12:00 pm

A Vacuum Floating on Air

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Roger Berkowitz discusses Carmen Segarra and how her story exposing the Federal Reserve's lack of due diligence, as well as George Packer's book "The Unwinding", reveal a fractured America. Posted on 27 September 2014 | 1:28 pm

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

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 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

Is Hannah Arendt a Jewish Thinker?

Is Hannah Arendt A Jewish Thinker? On one level, the answer is obvious. Arendt was indeed Jewish, raised in Germany during the first three decades of the 20th century. True, Arendt was non-religious and in much of her writing was deeply critical of Jews and Jewish leaders. Yet she was arrested twice as a Jew,…Read more Is Hannah Arendt a Jewish Thinker? Posted on 12 April 2013 | 2:35 pm

Nihilism and Globalization

What a week it has been in the world of corporate criminality and governmental spinelessness! On Monday, the British Bank HSBC agreed to pay a fine for $1.92 billion for repeated and systematic violations of two U.S. laws to prevent money laundering. The bank transferred hundreds of billions of dollars for its clients, likely enabling…Read more Nihilism and Globalization Posted on 14 December 2012 | 4:07 pm

In Memorium – Jacques Barzun

“Teaching is not a lost art but the regard 
for it is a lost tradition. Hence tomorrow’s problem will not be to 
get teachers, but to recognize the good ones and not discourage them
 before they have done their stint.” —Jacques Barzun, Teacher in
 America Jacques Barzun has died. With his passing we lose another…Read more In Memorium – Jacques Barzun Posted on 26 October 2012 | 12:03 pm

Withered Public, Disappearing Private

“What is necessary for the pubic realm is to shield it from the private interests which have intruded upon it in the most brutal and aggressive form.” -Hannah Arendt In 1973, Hannah Arendt was invited to participate in a series of conferences on the Humanities and Public Policy issues funded by the National Endowment for…Read more Withered Public, Disappearing Private Posted on 1 October 2012 | 11:57 am