Jerome Kohn remembers Hannah Arendt on the 40th anniversary of her death.
Posted on 3 December 2015 | 8:00 pm
In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the corporatization of education, realize the need for civil disobedience against the regulatory state, and much more!
Posted on 16 August 2015 | 8:01 pm
Kazue Koishikawa challenges us to meditate on how the "political" relates to humanity and to understand why Arendt feels the public realm is diminishing.
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the implications of an unprecedented rise of income inequality for the American Dream, consider how colleges should begin addressing sexual harassment of students on-campus, hope for a "digital cascade" in the American legal system, and much more.
Posted on 20 October 2014 | 11:30 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize Patrick Modiano for his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, wonder at how few memoirs have been written about the War in Afghanistan when compared to the Iraq War, ask whether big data is the new positivism, and much more!
Posted on 13 October 2014 | 11:30 am
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 11/17/13
Posted on 18 November 2013 | 3:11 pm
“One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” – Hannah Arendt to Gershom Scholem, November 4, 1943 Hannah Arendt had lived for a…Read more Too Busy to Think
Posted on 28 May 2013 | 11:22 am
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
“To my dear Hannah, In these years our friendship has stood the test. In this relationship we no longer need to have any worries. Goodbye, Your Kurt. New York, April 30th 1945.” “Meiner lieben Hannah,” reads a handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s Der Prozess (The Trial), gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to…Read more See You Again
Posted on 7 January 2013 | 11:38 am
“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude
Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm