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Aristophanes on Escaping an Entanglement of Thought

Aristophanes discusses how one can escape the entanglement of a baffling thought in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 15 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Jean Racine on Thinking

Jean Racine
Jean Racine provides this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 17 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 5/11/14

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 5/11/14 Posted on 12 May 2014 | 11:55 am

Can We Survive Entertainment?

“The state of affairs, which indeed is equaled nowhere else in the world, can properly be called mass culture; its promoters are neither the masses nor their entertainers, but are those who try to entertain the masses with what once was an authentic object of culture, or to persuade them that Hamlet can be as…Read more Can We Survive Entertainment? Posted on 12 August 2013 | 11:39 am

Horace Walpole on Thinking

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” ― Horace Walpole Posted on 23 October 2012 | 1:50 pm

The Cinematic Jew as Pariah – Lance Strate

“While lack of political sense and persistence in the obsolete system of making charity the basis of national unity have prevented the Jewish people from taking a positive part in the political life of our day, these very qualities, translated into dramatic forms, have inspired one of the most singular products of modern art—the films…Read more The Cinematic Jew as Pariah – Lance Strate Posted on 30 January 2012 | 12:02 pm

Philippe Nonet: The Unity of Tragedy and Comedy

From our archives: Posting today the audio of a lecture given last year by Philippe Nonet–professor of Jurisprudence at the University of California, Berkeley. The lecture was held April 20, 2010, at  7pm in Bito Auditorium at Bard College. The Unity of Tragedy and Comedy Nonet begins with Heideggger’s statement “Das Denken des Seins ist…Read more Philippe Nonet: The Unity of Tragedy and Comedy Posted on 7 October 2010 | 12:25 pm