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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

A Chinese President Visits the United States – Where are the Arendtians?

The People’s Republic of China is fertile territory for Arendt scholars. But, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the U.S. this week, where are they? Posted on 21 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 8/23/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we muse on what effect trigger warnings might have on college students, reflect on the ways we discuss depression, and much more! Posted on 23 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 4/19/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appeal to the banality of evil in acknowledging Holocaust Memorial Day, meditate on the importance of privacy, and much more! Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:29 am

Amor Mundi 1/11/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss several different observers' reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meditate on the use of satire as a form of political commentary, reflect on the legacy of Ferguson, and much more. Posted on 12 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 4/20/14

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…Read more Amor Mundi 4/20/14 Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:29 pm

Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff

The Hannah Arendt Center has followed the shadow dance of the fiscal cliff less for its fiscal than for its political lessons. While a deal was struck, it is hard not to be impressed by the breakdown of our political class. Like the Europeans, we are now officially kicking the can down the road, refusing…Read more Shadow Dance of the Fiscal Cliff Posted on 3 January 2013 | 12:53 pm

The Bureaucracy of Sandy

The after effects of Super-storm Sandy are felt from the beaches to the statehouses. First of all, let’s realize it was not a hurricane, but a freakish combination of storm systems. Super-storm is more truthful than hurricane. Whatever it was, it has upended lives, and politics. The Financial Times reports today that Governor Chris Christie…Read more The Bureaucracy of Sandy Posted on 29 November 2012 | 11:35 am

Does the President Matter?

Does the President Matter? Consider this quotation from Jurek Martin in today’s Financial times: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may speak, sometimes even to real audiences but more often to fat cat fundraisers, but their words fall on deaf ears if not empty wallets. Lots of people speak for them, in the strange languages known…Read more Does the President Matter? Posted on 19 July 2012 | 9:58 am

The Crisis of European Politics

Greece voted on Sunday and the headline account shows that the right of center moderates won. This was presented as good news, for it means a continued embrace of the Euro and years more of austerity. But there are other lessons to glean from the Greek election. 1.  Extremism is rising quickly in Greece. As…Read more The Crisis of European Politics Posted on 19 June 2012 | 1:27 pm