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On the Justice of Institutions and of Persons: Impartiality and Dependency in Martha Nussbaum and Hannah Arendt

Arendt scarcely addressed distributive justice, but her reasoning could augment that of Martha Nussbaum, who criticized the liberal model of John Rawls. Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Born of Necessity, Blindness, or Strategy: On Greece and the Bureaucratically Divine

Bureaucracy, as imagined by both Kafka and Arendt, embodies an ideology of necessity through which humans abdicate responsibility for their common world. Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 4/26/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the occurrence of violence in our world, meditate on the benefits of a college education, and much more! Posted on 27 April 2015 | 11:41 am

Hannah Arendt and The Narratable Self

Laurie Naranch discusses how the Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero uses Arendt to argue for a narratable self in defense of individual uniqueness. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 3/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we wonder whether humans will eventually be replaced by more efficient machines, appeal to Karl Ove Knausgaard in our attempts to understand a uniquely American form of poverty, appreciate Peter Railton's efforts to open up a broader discussion on depression, and much more. Posted on 2 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 10/5/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore novelist Marilynne Robinson's observation that fear dominates the contemporary human condition, value the recognition of the "now" as made manifest in Richard McGuire's "Here", reflect on academics' deficiency when it comes to writing, and much more! Posted on 6 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Democracy and Disagreement

In the wake of Mozilla C.E.O. Brendan Eich’s resignation over his support for California’s 2008 Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage and has since been overturned in court, Andrew Sullivan laments the process by which Eich was compelled to step down. In his post,  Sullivan, a gay man who has been making the conservative case for…Read more Democracy and Disagreement Posted on 9 April 2014 | 11:43 am

Amor Mundi 2/9/14

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 2/9/14 Posted on 10 February 2014 | 11:54 am

Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality

Action is “the miracle that saves the world from its normal, ‘natural’ ruin.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition “I mentioned the quality of being a person as distinguished from being mere human…, and I said that to speak about a moral personality is almost redundancy…In the process of thought in which I actualize the specifically…Read more Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality Posted on 25 November 2013 | 12:02 pm

Arendt on Resentment

Until now the totalitarian belief that everything is possible seems to have proved only that everything can be destroyed. Yet, in their effort to prove that everything is possible, totalitarian regimes have discovered without knowing it that there are crimes which men can neither punish nor forgive. When the impossible was made possible it became…Read more Arendt on Resentment Posted on 4 March 2013 | 10:44 am