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The Essay Form

“Like all collections of essays, this book of exercises [is] a sequence of movements which, like in a musical suite, are written in the same or related keys.” – Hannah Arendt, Preface to Between Past and Future, 1961 Hannah Arendt called Between Past and Future her most important book. The essay collection deals with fundamental…Read more The Essay Form Posted on 24 March 2014 | 10:24 am

Amor Mundi – 6/2/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 6/2/13 Posted on 4 June 2013 | 3:10 pm

Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil

“Hannah Arendt” the movie by acclaimed Director Margarethe von Trotta, opened in the United States this week at Film Forum in New York. It will begin its national release on June 6th.  Around the world the movie has garnered rave reviews and played to excited audiences. Reviews in the U.S. are appearing, including a rave…Read more Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil Posted on 31 May 2013 | 4:21 pm

Labor of Love

China has embraced the idea of a Western college education in a big way.  As the NY Times reported recently, the country is making a $250 billion-a-year investment designed to give millions of young Chinese citizens a college education. “Just as the United States helped build a white-collar middle class in the late 1940s and…Read more Labor of Love Posted on 25 January 2013 | 1:51 pm