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‘Burlesque Philosophy,’ or ‘Stupid Thoughtfulness’

Post-Doc Fellow Samantha Hill reflects on dialogue between Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy addressing the dogmatization of ignorance within a growing culture of doubt and "feebleminded thoughtfulness." Posted on 2 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 6/14/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on diversity of thought in the age of social media, explore the meanings and elements of computer code, and much more! Posted on 14 June 2015 | 11:01 pm

Amor Mundi 3/8/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how certain curricula in schools today are undermining moral facts, realize that the penalty for leakers of sensitive information varies depending on one's connections, uncover 'discriminatory intent' within and beyond the Ferguson police department, and much more! Posted on 9 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Political Lies: Altering Facts and Rewriting History

Richard A. Barrett discusses how political lies not only skew history but also undermine a political actor's ability to engage with reality. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 10:00 am

The Danger of Intellectuals

[T]here are, indeed, few things that are more frightening than the steadily increasing prestige of scientifically minded brain trusters in the councils of government during the last decades. The trouble is not that they are cold-blooded enough to “think the unthinkable,” but that they do not think. -Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” Hannah Arendt’s warning about…Read more The Danger of Intellectuals Posted on 22 July 2013 | 2:20 pm

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

What is a Fact?

What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact? Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm

When the Fiction Ends

Beyond all the silliness attached to the Todd Akin case this week, the only meaningful comment came from Rachel Riederer. In an essay in Guernica, Riederer writes: The content of [Akin’s] statements was, of course, ridiculous and offensive. But the comments struck me most as a rhetorical move, one that’s in wide usage but rarely…Read more When the Fiction Ends Posted on 23 August 2012 | 11:12 am

Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech

Michael Weinman – “Pedagogy or demagogy: The dangerous dunamis of the rhetor’s art.” Lecture presented by the Arendt Center on the evening of March 27, 2012 Michael Weinman from ECLA of Bard in Berlin spoke Tuesday night and began with a simple claim: “My subject is the power of composed speech.” In order to work out…Read more Michael Weinman on the Power of Composed Speech Posted on 29 March 2012 | 2:07 pm

Thinking Challenge Submission-Anonymous

Just picturing, imagining realistically the future of “democracy in an age without fact”, two strong, surging, upwelling feelings come to me. The first is an anxiety provoking grief, the feeling of being lost. The second, coming from under the first, behind it but driven more powerfully, is a complex vision of a better world, an…Read more Thinking Challenge Submission-Anonymous Posted on 3 October 2011 | 3:39 pm