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Amor Mundi 05/29/16

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 05/29/16 Posted on 29 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

Education Without Authority?

Education carries a heavy burden for Arendt. As in politics, we declare our love for the world, both or own and the world of future generations. To say that education is in crisis, then, is for Arendt not to lament the fact that “Johnny can’t read.” It is to acknowledge a generalized dissatisfaction with and alienation from the world that has us say to our children, “[i]n this world even we are not very securely at home….You must try to make out as best you can; in any case you are not entitled to call us to account. We are innocent, we wash our hands of you.” Posted on 11 April 2016 | 12:56 am

Amor Mundi 2/28/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the danger Donald Trump poses to American democracy, honor students' right to free speech, and much more! Posted on 28 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/21/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the fate of the U.S. party system, reflect on human relationships in a digital age, and much more! Posted on 21 February 2016 | 8:01 pm

Anatole France on Education and Knowing

French writer Anatole France reflects on how education relates to knowledge in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 16 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 1/24/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the democratic role of the U.S. constitution, ask what it means to share the unshareable, and much more! Posted on 24 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 1/17/16

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the successes of anti-establishment presidential candidates, contemplate the Internet's effect on reading, and much more. Posted on 17 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 8/9/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the wonders of boredom, admit our bafflement at he rise of ISIS, identify liberal arts' worst enemy, and much more! Posted on 9 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Education, Crisis, and Whether We Love the World Enough

Laurie Naranch wonders if education can prepare us to assume responsibility for and help renew the common world. Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:00 pm