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Marshall McLuhan on Critical Vision and the Automatic

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Marshall McLuhan comments on the power of critical thinking against automatic movement in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 23 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Critical Thinking, Judgment, and Empathy

Jennie Han discusses how Arendt's and Kant's conceptions of critical thinking help open us up to the rest of the world. Posted on 20 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis

On Thursday and Friday Oct. 3-4, the Hannah Arendt Center will host its 6th Annual International Conference, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis.” At a time of blistering technological and cultural change, reformers want schools to prepare students for the future—but which future? And despite the polarizing polemics over curricular change and the learned arguments…Read more Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis Posted on 27 September 2013 | 12:07 pm

Labor and Summer Vacation

“There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration, and whatever throws this cycle out of balance – poverty and misery where exhaustion is followed by wretchedness instead of regeneration, or great riches and an entirely effortless life where boredom takes the place of exhaustion and where the mills…Read more Labor and Summer Vacation Posted on 10 June 2013 | 12:27 pm

Critical Thinking, Judgment and Empathy

Critical thinking is possible only where the standpoints of all others are open to inspection. Hence, critical thinking, while still a solitary business, does not cut itself off from ‘all others.’ To be sure, it still goes on in isolation, but by the force of imagination it makes the others present and thus moves in…Read more Critical Thinking, Judgment and Empathy Posted on 1 April 2013 | 11:22 am

The Higher Education Bubble? Not So Fast.

We have a higher education bubble. The combination of unsustainable debt loads on young people and the advent of technological alternatives is clearly set to upend the staid and often sclerotic world of higher education. In this month’s The American Interest, Nathan Hardin—the author of Sex & God at Yale: Porn, Political Correctness, and a…Read more The Higher Education Bubble? Not So Fast. Posted on 23 January 2013 | 10:43 am