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Distinctions, Depth, and Memory

By Richard Barrett “We are in danger of forgetting, and such an oblivion—quite apart from the contents themselves that could be lost—would mean that, humanly speaking, we would deprive ourselves of one dimension, the dimension of depth in human existence. For memory and depth are the same, or rather, depth cannot be reached by man…Read more Distinctions, Depth, and Memory Posted on 13 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 10/25/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we follow one family's escape from Syria as they seek asylum elsewhere, remember Sheldon Wolin, and much more! Posted on 25 October 2015 | 8:01 pm

Dianoetic Laughter

Charles Snyder reflects on how dianoetic laughter frees us from the misery that arises from our constant failure to be able to converse with ourselves. Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Hannah Arendt and the Ansermet’s Foundations of Music

We appreciate Hannah Arendt's copy of The Foundations of music in human consciousness in this week's Library feature. Posted on 29 May 2015 | 8:48 am

Amor Mundi 5/24/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the promise of the Class of 2015, relate Arendt's thoughts on Eichmann to a modern mass murderer, and much more. Posted on 25 May 2015 | 10:00 am

Hannah Arendt and The Narratable Self

Laurie Naranch discusses how the Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero uses Arendt to argue for a narratable self in defense of individual uniqueness. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Wittgenstein on Thinking

Ludwig Wittgenstein provides this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:13 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

Amor Mundi Newsletter – 9/1/13

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 Newsletter – 9/1/13 Posted on 3 September 2013 | 2:14 pm