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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

Bearing the Burden of the Past

“If people think that one can only write about these things in a solemn tone of voice…Look, there are people who take it amiss—and I can understand that in a sense—that, for instance, I can still laugh. But I was really of the opinion that Eichmann was a buffoon…” —Hannah Arendt Holocaust Remembrance Day, or…Read more Bearing the Burden of the Past Posted on 28 April 2014 | 10:31 am

Reading With Your Computer

Franco Moretti is a literature professor, and founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, who believes in something called “computational criticism,” that is, the ability of computers to aid in the understanding of literature. Joshua Rothman’s recent profile of Moretti has provoked a lot of response, most of it defending traditional literary criticism from the digital…Read more Reading With Your Computer Posted on 2 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm

“If this practice [of totalitarianism] is compared with […] [the desert] of tyranny, it seems as if a way had been found to set the desert itself in motion, to let loose a sand storm that could cover all parts of the inhabited earth. The conditions under which we exist today in the field of…Read more Totalitarianism and the Sand Storm Posted on 3 February 2014 | 9:30 am

Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action

“Hannah Arendt, Feminist Theorizing, and the Debate Over New Reproductive Technologies” Kimberley F. Curtis, Polity, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter, 1995), pp. 159-187 Kimberley Curtis employs Arendt’s conceptual categories in The Human Condition to critically distinguish between scientific interventions that control fertility and those that endeavor to produce fertility. In doing so, she both offers…Read more Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action Posted on 4 December 2013 | 10:59 am

One Against All

This Quote of the Week was originally published on September 3, 2012. It can be dangerous to tell the truth: “There will always be One against All, one person against all others. [This is so] not because One is terribly wise and All are terribly foolish, but because the process of thinking and researching, which…Read more One Against All Posted on 18 November 2013 | 12:52 pm

“The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System”

“The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System” James Muldoon, Critical Horizons 12.3 (2011) Muldoon sees Arendt’s advocacy of the council system at the end of On Revolution as a challenge to the excessive individualism enshrined in current structures of liberal representative government. He positions his argument between critics such as Margaret Canovan, who see Arendt’s…Read more “The Lost Treasure of Arendt’s Council System” Posted on 22 October 2013 | 10:38 am

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

No Middle Ground

David Simon, writer of “The Wire,” has a great post responding to my recent essay on the “Misreading of ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem.’” Simon writes: Reading this essay, I began to understand that it suits no one of an ideological bent to land anywhere in the middle on the question of who the Eichmanns are and…Read more No Middle Ground Posted on 10 July 2013 | 10:20 am

Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta.

The new Hannah Arendt bio picture by Margarethe von Trotta has been released in Europe. It will hit theatres in the US in May, although it is making the rounds of festivals now. The good news: “Hannah Arendt” the film is really wonderful. I’ll have more to say about the film at some point soon,…Read more Hannah Arendt – a film by Margarethe von Trotta. Posted on 15 January 2013 | 10:20 am