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Even in Solitude There Are Always Two

We live our whole lives in plurality--either in public, in private, or in solitude--but even even in solitude, there are always two sides in dialogue. Posted on 6 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 8/2/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on how our wired culture affects our social relationships, seek justice for eight men wrongly imprisoned, and much more! Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

Banishing Oblivion

The Nobel Prize celebrates those like Aung San Suu Kyi who dedicate their lives to the conviction that truth will win out over the holes of oblivion. Posted on 19 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Critical Thinking, Judgment, and Empathy

Jennie Han discusses how Arendt's and Kant's conceptions of critical thinking help open us up to the rest of the world. Posted on 20 April 2015 | 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

Loneliness and Expansive Writing

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

Irony as an Antidote to Thoughtlessness

People blame [übel nehmen] me for one thing—and I can understand that to some extent, outwardly—namely that I can still laugh [about it], right? And I was really of the opinion that Eichmann was a clown [ein Hanswurst], and I tell you, I read this police interrogation, 3600 pages, very carefully, and I don’t know…Read more Irony as an Antidote to Thoughtlessness Posted on 7 October 2013 | 1:30 pm

Too Busy to Think

“One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” – Hannah Arendt to Gershom Scholem, November 4, 1943 Hannah Arendt had lived for a…Read more Too Busy to Think Posted on 28 May 2013 | 11:22 am

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm