In this week's Amor Mundi, we examine the portrait of Edward Snowden director Laura Poitras paints in her new film "Citizenfour," dig deep into the criticism revolving around the NY Metropolitan Opera's production of "The Death of Klinghoffer," meditate on why the Hong Kong protesters will not give up their fight for democracy, and much more.
Posted on 27 October 2014 | 11:30 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we appreciate the meaning of artistic talent to our physical and mental health, seek to understand Martin Heidegger's atypical and metaphysical Nazism, revel at the joy that is revision, and much more.
Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:30 am
Peggy Noonan is worried about the decadence of elite American culture. While the folks over at DailyKos are foaming about the irony of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter complaining about the excesses of the power elites, Noonan makes an important point about the corrosive effects that irony has on elites and on culture more generally. The two…Read more The Irony of the Elite
Posted on 21 February 2014 | 12:41 pm
“Even if all criticism of Plato is right, Plato may still be better company than his critics. At any rate, we may remember what the Romans…thought a cultivated person ought to be: one who knows how to choose his company among men, among things, among thoughts, in the present as well as in the past.”…Read more Forgiving Falling Stars
Posted on 27 January 2014 | 12:54 pm
“Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice” Allen Speight, College Literature, Volume 38, Number 1, Winter 2011, pp. 115-130 Allen Speight, Director, Institute for Philosophy and Religion at Boston University, argues for Arendt’s place among theorists of narrative such as Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Talyor, and Paul Ricouer. While he does indicate contemporary questions in both the Anglo-American…Read more Arendt on Narrative Theory and Practice
Posted on 21 March 2013 | 11:32 am
In a short entry in her Denktagebuch from 1956, Arendt offers a gnomic reflection on Antigone: Ad Orff, Antigone: Als sei alles darauf angelegt, uns zum Ertönen zu bringen. Wir aber verschliessen uns, verstummen und klagen nicht. Antigone- die klagende, tönende menschliche Stimme, in der alles offenbar wird. Ad Orff, Antigone: As if all was…Read more Arendt & Antigone
Posted on 20 November 2012 | 3:25 pm
“While lack of political sense and persistence in the obsolete system of making charity the basis of national unity have prevented the Jewish people from taking a positive part in the political life of our day, these very qualities, translated into dramatic forms, have inspired one of the most singular products of modern art—the films…Read more The Cinematic Jew as Pariah – Lance Strate
Posted on 30 January 2012 | 12:02 pm