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Amor Mundi: September 11th, 2016

Victims of ConscienceDr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, published the following open letter to students. “This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears this young scholar felt offended…Read more Amor Mundi: September 11th, 2016 Posted on 11 September 2016 | 1:43 am

Thinking and Transcendence

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Kazue Koishikawa reflects on Arendt's observation that thinking acquires political significance when we think beyond our own limitations. Posted on 29 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – “Lying and Politics: Democracy and Lying” (2011)

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In this week's Video Archives, we remember a talk George Kateb gave at our 2011 annual fall conference on the ideal of governmental transparency. Posted on 21 November 2014 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi 10/26/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we examine the portrait of Edward Snowden director Laura Poitras paints in her new film "Citizenfour," dig deep into the criticism revolving around the NY Metropolitan Opera's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer," meditate on why the Hong Kong protesters will not give up their fight for democracy, and much more. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 10/5/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore novelist Marilynne Robinson's observation that fear dominates the contemporary human condition, value the recognition of the "now" as made manifest in Richard McGuire's "Here", reflect on academics' deficiency when it comes to writing, and much more! Posted on 6 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 6/22/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we weigh in on a heated battle in the world of journalism, appreciate the benefits of osmotic learning, and relate the World Cup to Alexis de Tocqueville. Posted on 23 June 2014 | 11:53 am

The Conscience of Edward Snowden

Roger Berkowitz shares how Edward Snowden's appeal to acting out of conscience influences our view of him as either hero or criminal. Posted on 21 June 2014 | 10:52 am

Demanding Thinking of Everybody

“Thinking in its non-cognitive, non-specialized sense as a natural need of human life, the actualization of the difference given in consciousness, is not a prerogative of the few but an everpresent faculty of everybody; by the same token, inability to think is not the “prerogative” of those many who lack brain power but the everpresent…Read more Demanding Thinking of Everybody Posted on 5 May 2014 | 9:03 pm

The Banality of Systems and the Justice of Resistance

Peter Ludlow in the Stone remarks on the generational divide in attitudes towards whistle blowers, leakers, and hackers. According to Time Magazine, “70 percent of those age 18 to 34 sampled in a poll said they believed that Snowden “did a good thing” in leaking the news of the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. This…Read more The Banality of Systems and the Justice of Resistance Posted on 20 September 2013 | 2:47 pm

Defending the Humanities While Trashing Them

Leon Wieseltier, the longtime cultural editor of the New Republic, dedicated his commencement address at Brandeis last month to a defense of the humanities. He asks, “Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less, and has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were…Read more Defending the Humanities While Trashing Them Posted on 21 June 2013 | 4:07 pm