In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the need for us to resist all kinds of political and religious extremism, reflect on the dangers of artistic license when it comes to distorting historical facts, realize the political and cultural value of local diners, and much more.
Posted on 19 January 2015 | 11:30 am
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
In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt asks after the “elements” of totalitarianism, those fundamental building blocks that made possible an altogether new and horrific form of government. The two structural elements she locates are the emergence of a new ideological form of Antisemitism and the rise of transnational imperialist movements, which gives the structure…Read more Loneliness and Expansive Writing
Posted on 24 January 2014 | 12:27 pm
“Don’t hold your breath, ‘cause the pretty things are going to hell…” -David Bowie In the social spheres in which I circulate, both personal and electronic, reactions to the Supreme Court’s twin same-sex marriage rulings Wednesday have tended to fall fairly neatly into one of two categories, each sprinkled liberally with that unique brand of…Read more Un-shared Worlds
Posted on 1 July 2013 | 12:27 pm
“It is better for you to suffer than to do wrong because you can remain the friend of the sufferer; who would want to be the friend of and have to live together with a murderer? Not even a murderer. What kind of dialogue could you lead with him? Precisely the dialogue which Shakespeare let…Read more Performing thinking: Arendt’s Richard III
Posted on 29 April 2013 | 11:32 am
One of the great documents of American history is the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written in 1779 by John Adams. In Section Two of Chapter Six, Adams offers one of the most eloquent testaments to the political virtues of education. He writes: Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the…Read more John Adams on Education
Posted on 1 February 2013 | 11:25 am
“Poirot,” I said. “I have been thinking.” “An admirable exercise my friend. Continue it.” -Agatha Christie, Peril at End House
Posted on 13 March 2012 | 10:51 am