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Amor Mundi 8/30/15

In our Amor Mundi, we recognize Pope Francis' appeal for a new cultural paradigm, reflect on the inadequacies that are evident in education, and much more! Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 8/2/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on how our wired culture affects our social relationships, seek justice for eight men wrongly imprisoned, and much more! Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Arendt and Intergenerational Justice

Christopher C. Robinson explores Arendt's concept of intergenerational justice and reveals the ways in which we can use this concept to formulate a stronger response to the global ecological crisis. Posted on 16 June 2014 | 10:00 am

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

When Power is Lost

Power is actualized only where word and deed have not parted company, where words are not empty and deeds not brutal, where words are not used to veil intentions but to disclose realities, and where deeds are not used to violate and destroy but to establish relations and create new realities.  -Hannah Arendt, The Human…Read more When Power is Lost Posted on 14 January 2013 | 11:46 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

The Crisis Must Matter

The crisis must matter. The most important divide in political and intellectual life today is between those who see society undergoing a transformative crisis and others who believe that the basic structures the 20th century industrial welfare state will persist. The divide over how to understand the crisis of our times was front and center…Read more The Crisis Must Matter Posted on 28 September 2012 | 5:08 pm

Rethinking the Unsustainable

There is probably no presidential speech more quoted in Academic circles than Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 1961 farewell speech, on the final day of his presidency. It was in that speech that Eisenhower warned of the danger of a military-industrial complex. The need for a permanent army and a permanent arms industry creates, he writes, a…Read more Rethinking the Unsustainable Posted on 22 May 2012 | 11:41 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

Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts

The introductory lecture at the Arendt Center 2011 Fall Conference, “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” from Arendt Center director, Roger Berkowitz. Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts It is well known that Iraqi’s participated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States; that global warming is a myth; that childhood vaccines…Read more Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts Posted on 2 November 2011 | 4:45 pm