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Amor Mundi 12/28/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on our reactions to the recent killing of American police officers, meditate on Pope Francis' critique of the Church leadership, identify a separation between civilian and military life as a predominant characteristic in today's war literature, and much more. Posted on 29 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Violence, Art, and Our Crisis in Culture

Laurie Naranch suggests that people's horror at the violence they witness every day can inspire them to attend to things in the common world. Posted on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 11/23/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we learn about the adverse health effects of loneliness, perceive the inextricable ties between integrity and privacy and how both are threatened in the age of surveillance, lament the overly scholasticized nature of teaching in America, and much more! Posted on 24 November 2014 | 10:30 am

Amor Mundi 6/22/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we weigh in on a heated battle in the world of journalism, appreciate the benefits of osmotic learning, and relate the World Cup to Alexis de Tocqueville. Posted on 23 June 2014 | 11:53 am

The Danger of Intellectuals

[T]here are, indeed, few things that are more frightening than the steadily increasing prestige of scientifically minded brain trusters in the councils of government during the last decades. The trouble is not that they are cold-blooded enough to “think the unthinkable,” but that they do not think. -Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” Hannah Arendt’s warning about…Read more The Danger of Intellectuals Posted on 22 July 2013 | 2:20 pm

Dworkin’s Law & Justice

Ronald Dworkin died yesterday, Thursday. He was 81. For much of my early career as someone engaged in the question of justice, Ronald Dworkin was one of my imaginary antagonists. Reading Dworkin was eternally frustrating. I was consumed with the inevitable temptation to take on Dworkin’s unwavering apologies for legal power. Dworkin was the great…Read more Dworkin’s Law & Justice Posted on 15 February 2013 | 3:11 pm

The Humanity of Shame

One of the great surprises upon arriving at Bard College was meeting Norman Manea. Manea, who was born in Romania, spent four years as a child in a concentration camp, many more as a dissident, and finally relocated to NYC and Bard College. He is a prolific and exciting writer, the author of novels, memoirs and…Read more The Humanity of Shame Posted on 23 March 2012 | 2:49 pm