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Amor Mundi, July 24th 2016 – #100in10 Edition

Arendt vs. Trump (and Schmitt) Feisal G. Mohamed writes at The Stone in The New York Times that the U.S. Presidential election can be understood as a contest between the ideas of Carl Schmitt and Hannah Arendt. “Listening to Donald J. Trump’s acceptance speech, I felt as though the election was turning into a battle…Read more Amor Mundi, July 24th 2016 – #100in10 Edition Posted on 24 July 2016 | 9:14 am

Amor Mundi, June 26th 2016

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, June 26th 2016 Posted on 26 June 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi, June 12th 2016

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, June 12th 2016 Posted on 12 June 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 04/03/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we engage the topic of race, one of the discussion topics of our Fall Conference. We hear about the hidden reason for Maurice Sendak's success, recognize Myanmar's culture of literature, get Wyatt Mason's take on Maylis de Kerangal’s The Heart and more... Posted on 3 April 2016 | 9:45 pm

A Meditation on Arendt, Rilke, & Guns

The despair expressed in Rilke's Duino Elegies is an expression of our human world and as such distills the loss we feel from gun violence. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

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

Albert Einstein on Thinking

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” -Albert Einstein Posted on 24 October 2013 | 2:27 pm

On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)

This “Quote of the week was originally published on December 19, 2011. “Conceptually, we may call truth what we cannot change; metaphorically, it is the ground on which we stand and the sky that stretches above us.” — Hannah Arendt, “Truth and Politics” I spent December 2 in Greencastle, Indiana, talking about politics, political theory,…Read more On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) Posted on 14 October 2013 | 11:40 am

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

The Convention season has unleashed an avalanche of half-truths and untruths. Some see this as politics as usual. Others claim we are living in a post-truth world. Stephen Colbert has long understood that our present condition has transformed truth into truthiness. One response to our new practice of political lying is the rise of the…Read more Fact Checking the Fact Checkers Posted on 11 September 2012 | 12:20 pm

The Truth About Politics

“Factual truth is always related to other people […]. It is political by nature.” -Hannah Arendt, Truth and Politics  “Our inheritance was left to us by no testament” -Hannah Arendt, quoting René Char, Between Past and Future In his acceptance speech, the recipient of the 1997 Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought wondered why he…Read more The Truth About Politics Posted on 23 April 2012 | 12:21 pm