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Amor Mundi 9/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of fear in contemporary America, explore the true societal impact of colleges, and much more! Posted on 13 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

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

Arendt and Erdmann

In this week's Library feature, we appreciate Arendt's possession of one of J. E. Erdmann's investigations into the history of philosophy. Posted on 2 January 2015 | 10:00 am

The Gravity of Thinking

“What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing”  —Hannah Arendt, “Prologue”, The Human Condition The final scene of Alfonso Cuarón’s new film, Gravity, shows us Sandra Bullock trapped underwater in a satellite escape pod that she has just crashed into earth. Breaking loose from the…Read more The Gravity of Thinking Posted on 11 November 2013 | 9:44 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

Amor Mundi 9/22/13

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…Read more Amor Mundi 9/22/13 Posted on 23 September 2013 | 3:46 pm

The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’

“The shift from the ‘why’ and ‘what’ to the ‘how’ implies that the actual objects of knowledge can no longer be things or eternal motions but must be processes, and that the object of science is no longer nature or the universe but the history, the story of the coming into being, of nature or…Read more The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’ Posted on 8 April 2013 | 11:03 am

Vigilance in the Name of Freedom

I recently was sent the following quotation by Friedrich Hayek, the economist and political thinker. Personally, I find that the most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it – or, to put it bluntly, its…Read more Vigilance in the Name of Freedom Posted on 27 January 2012 | 11:55 am