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Amor Mundi 11/30/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of refugees and human rights, realize the need to rethink the role of Congress in formulating U.S. foreign policy, meditate on the outcome of Darren Wilson's trial, and much more. Posted on 1 December 2014 | 10:30 am

Amor Mundi 11/2/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we realize that there are two sides to every story, expose the myth of exceptional Chinese education, emphasize a need to rethink the way we educate teachers, and much more. Posted on 3 November 2014 | 10:30 am

Walter Benjamin and “Drilling” for Pearls

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Laurie Naranch discusses Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt's shared investment in literary pearls, fragments, and moments. Posted on 15 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Is Hannah Arendt a Jewish Thinker?

Is Hannah Arendt A Jewish Thinker? On one level, the answer is obvious. Arendt was indeed Jewish, raised in Germany during the first three decades of the 20th century. True, Arendt was non-religious and in much of her writing was deeply critical of Jews and Jewish leaders. Yet she was arrested twice as a Jew,…Read more Is Hannah Arendt a Jewish Thinker? Posted on 12 April 2013 | 2:35 pm

Violence, and Thinking With Others

“All thought arises out of experience, but no thought yields any meaning or even coherence without undergoing the operations of imagining and thinking.” – Hannah Arendt, Thinking In the wake of an extraordinarily brutal punctuation to an extraordinarily brutal year of gun violence in the United States and across the continent, the eye of American politics…Read more Violence, and Thinking With Others Posted on 21 January 2013 | 11:06 am

The Euro-Crisis, Seyla Benhabib’s Cosmopolitanism, and Arendt’s Defense of Politics

From Athens to Madrid, the European crisis has entered yet another of its “decisive” phases —how many decisive phases can one crisis have?  Reflecting on Europe has brought to mind Seyla Benhabib’s 2004 Tanner Lectures on cosmopolitan universalism, which itself was inspired by Hannah Arendt’s comments on international law in the epilogue and postscript to…Read more The Euro-Crisis, Seyla Benhabib’s Cosmopolitanism, and Arendt’s Defense of Politics Posted on 1 June 2012 | 1:30 pm