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Amor Mundi 11/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss the permanent purgatory of refugee camps, reflect on the infantalizing notion of trigger warnings on campus, and much more. Posted on 1 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

To Be at Home in the Desert

to be at home in the desert
Being at home in a desert-like landscape brings the danger to lose any real contact with the world and its (other) inhabitants. Posted on 25 October 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Nation Principle

Destruction
Michiel Bot explores Arendt's understanding of the "national idea" as one of the origins of totalitarianism. Posted on 24 November 2014 | 9:00 am

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

Geography is not Destiny

How are we to explain the formation and collapse of the world’s great empires in the sweep of human history? And what might the fates of past civilizations suggest about the global political scene in the present and future? Such questions are the focus of Robert D. Kaplan’s recent book, The Revenge of Geography (2012),…Read more Geography is not Destiny Posted on 5 February 2013 | 2:37 pm

What is a Fact?

What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact? Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm

Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony

Nikita Nelin concludes his report of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 8/15/12-9/5/12. You can read his first post here, and his second post here. Decompression: Before my hands heal I should sit down and find a way to wrap this up. I have been out of the desert (Black Rock City) for over a week…Read more Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony Posted on 25 September 2012 | 4:10 pm