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Amor Mundi 7/12/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the exceptional place the black church holds in American culture, discuss the importance of encryption, and much more! Posted on 12 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Henry David Thoreau on Creating a Deep Mental Path

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Henry David Thoreau reflects on how continuous thought helps to create a deep mental path that will shape our lives in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 7 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

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

Henry David Thoreau on Thinking

“Thought is the sculptor that can create the person you want to be.” -Henry David Thoreau   Posted on 30 October 2013 | 2:44 pm

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

This “Quote” of the week originally ran on May 28, 2012 “The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 5 August 2013 | 10:22 am

On Voting

I recently received the following excerpted from a long comment from Justine Parkin, a reader and a recent college graduate from the University of California, at Berkeley. Justine wrote: The question posed in the 2012 Hannah Arendt conference “Does the President matter?” remains on my mind. It is, I think, related to another important question, namely…Read more On Voting Posted on 6 November 2012 | 11:03 am

Voting for Frito Lay

In a column in The Daily Beast, Buzz Bissinger writes: The tipping point toward a candidate is perhaps the greatest act of individuality in our unique democracy, although in this day and age of unprecedented political divide, telling somebody who you are voting for has no upside: There is no respect for your right as…Read more Voting for Frito Lay Posted on 8 October 2012 | 11:04 am

Henry David Thoreau on Thinking

“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.” -Henry David Thoreau Posted on 19 June 2012 | 10:21 am

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

“The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of things produced by human activities; but the things that…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 28 May 2012 | 11:02 am