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A Meditation on Arendt, Rilke, & Guns

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The despair expressed in Rilke's Duino Elegies is an expression of our human world and as such distills the loss we feel from gun violence. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Politics of Kafka

A 3D illustration inspired by Kafka's novel 'The Trial'.
Arendt reconstructs from Kafka's work a writer inspired by a world “in which the actions of man depend on nothing but himself and his spontaneity.” Posted on 22 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 3/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we challenge our colleges to make a safe place for dangerous thinking, reflect on the dangers posed by Salafist Jihad, and much more. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – Peter Beinart Presents ‘The Crisis of Zionism’ (2012)

In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2012 presentation by Peter Beinart on his book "The Crisis of Zionism." Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Death and the Public Realm

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Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

The Laboratory as Anti-Environment

“Seen from the perspective of the “real” world, the laboratory is the anticipation of a changed environment.” -Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind I find this quote intriguing in that its reference to environments and environmental change speak to the fact that Arendt’s philosophy was essentially an ecological one, indeed one that is profoundly…Read more The Laboratory as Anti-Environment Posted on 16 December 2013 | 10:49 am

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm

Death and the Public Realm

“There is perhaps no clearer testimony to the loss of the public realm in the modern age than the almost complete loss of authentic concern with immortality, a loss somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous loss of the metaphysical concern with eternity.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt was one of the first to remark…Read more Death and the Public Realm Posted on 13 May 2013 | 11:05 am

Remembrance and Gratitude

“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm

Birthing New Leaders

Asked in July if Occupy Wall Street has been successful, Todd Gitlin—renowned social historian, former President of Students for a Democratic Society, and author most recently of Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street—responds: “OWS has been successful because we are talking about it. You now see bumper stickers…Read more Birthing New Leaders Posted on 14 September 2012 | 5:11 pm