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Amor Mundi 1/10/16

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on how life pressures us to remember some pasts over others, check in on the state of American rage, and much more! Posted on 10 January 2016 | 8:01 pm

Leading Students Into the World

The authority of teachers lies, at least in part, in their ability to set aside judging and to present the world as it is to their students. Posted on 10 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 8/3/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on conservatism in the contemporary political environment, wonder whether liberal Zionism has exhausted its options, and wonder about a "crisis in culture" as evident in creative writing. Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:00 pm

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition

Arnold Gehlen,”Vom tätigen Leben (Hannah Arendt)”, Merkur Vol. 159 (1961) 482-6. The conservative anthropologist Arnold Gehlen fell out of favor in post WWII Germany largely due to his support of the Nazis: he joined the party in 1933 but continued to teach after the war following a “denazification” process. However, with the recent rediscovery of…Read more Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition Posted on 7 May 2013 | 9:46 am

For the Sake of What is New

“Exactly for the sake of what is new and revolutionary in every child, education must be conservative; it must preserve this newness and introduce it as a new thing into an old world.” -Hannah Arendt, The Crisis in Education In the central and perhaps most provocative passage of her essay on The Crisis in Education…Read more For the Sake of What is New Posted on 28 January 2013 | 12:33 pm

Leading Students Into the World

“The teacher’s qualification consists in knowing the world and being able to instruct others about it, but his authority rests on his assumption of responsibility for that world.  Vis-à-vis the child, it is as though he were a representative of all adult inhabitants, pointing out the details and saying to the child:  This is our…Read more Leading Students Into the World Posted on 12 November 2012 | 11:45 am