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Amor Mundi 11/9/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the future of privacy in the Internet of Things, celebrate moments enjoyed in solitude, refuse to accept the biggest financial cover-up in history, and much more! Posted on 10 November 2014 | 10:30 am

American Exceptionalism: What Are We Fighting For?

For the Weekend Read this week, we provide an edited transcript of Professor Berkowitz’s speech, which he delivered at the commencement of this year's conference "The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Values Worth Fighting For?" Posted on 18 October 2014 | 11:30 am

The Nihilist Roots of Futurism

The 20th-century nihilist belief that war is a salve to life's meaninglessness informs modern-day futurism, including those today who believe that humanity should be mechanized. Posted on 7 June 2014 | 10:07 am

Amor Mundi 2/23/14

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 2/23/14 Posted on 24 February 2014 | 9:47 am

The Irony of the Elite

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

On MOOCs; and Some Possible Futures for Higher Ed

Barely more than a year old, MITx and edX now dominate discussion about the future of higher education like nothing else I have seen in my time in Cambridge, MA. I have been teaching at MIT for more than 10 years now, and can’t remember any subject touching directly on university life that came even…Read more On MOOCs; and Some Possible Futures for Higher Ed Posted on 4 June 2013 | 12:19 pm

MLK and the Purpose of Education

You know elite universities are in trouble when their professors say things like Edward Rock. Rock, Distinguished Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and coordinator of Penn’s online education program, has this to say about the impending revolution in online education: We’re in the business of creating and disseminating knowledge. And in 2012,…Read more MLK and the Purpose of Education Posted on 8 February 2013 | 1:15 pm

The “E” Word

The New York Times tells the story of Benjamin Goering. Goering is 22. Until recently he studied computer science and philosophy at the University of Kansas. He felt “frustrated in crowded lecture halls where the professors did not even know his name.” So Goering dropped out of college and went to San Francisco, where he…Read more The “E” Word Posted on 5 December 2012 | 11:57 am

The Commonality of Occupy Wall Street & the Tea Party

Are the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street part of the same phenomenon? Both are populist responses to increasingly out of touch political, business, and intellectual elites. Many on the left point out that the Tea Party is predominantly white and older. That is true. And yet these privileged, older, white people feel they are…Read more The Commonality of Occupy Wall Street & the Tea Party Posted on 18 February 2012 | 12:24 pm