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Kafka’s Sarcasm and Arendt’s Action

Arendt's description of The Trial in terms of "sarcasm" raises a number of issues about the effect and intended meaning of Kafka's writing. Posted on 1 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/22/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the enduring legacy of the American Revolution in American politics and rhetoric, expose the under-reported dangers of becoming a whistleblower, identify the universality all writers aspire to achieve, and much more. Posted on 23 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – “Revenge and the Art of Justice” (2011)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back on a lecture Roger Berkowitz gave on the relationship between revenge and justice. Posted on 4 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 11/9/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the future of privacy in the Internet of Things, celebrate moments enjoyed in solitude, refuse to accept the biggest financial cover-up in history, and much more! Posted on 10 November 2014 | 10:30 am

Death and the Public Realm

Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 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

Reading With Your Computer

Franco Moretti is a literature professor, and founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, who believes in something called “computational criticism,” that is, the ability of computers to aid in the understanding of literature. Joshua Rothman’s recent profile of Moretti has provoked a lot of response, most of it defending traditional literary criticism from the digital…Read more Reading With Your Computer Posted on 2 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

Amor Mundi 1/5/14

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 1/5/14 Posted on 6 January 2014 | 1:39 pm

Amor Mundi 12/8/13

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 12/8/13 Posted on 9 December 2013 | 11:33 am

I Feel Like a Bullet Went Through My Heart

The response has been swift and negative to the Rolling Stone Magazine cover—a picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who with his now dead brother planted deadly homemade bombs near the finish-line of the Boston Marathon. The cover features a picture Tsarnaev himself posted on his Facebook page before the bombing. It shows him as he wanted…Read more I Feel Like a Bullet Went Through My Heart Posted on 19 July 2013 | 4:53 pm