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Amor Mundi 2/21/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the fate of the U.S. party system, reflect on human relationships in a digital age, and much more! Posted on 21 February 2016 | 8:01 pm

The Delusion of the Omnipotence

It is worth analysing the different forms of violence and asking why and how they transgress various boundaries to approach omnipotence Posted on 3 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Theodore H. White on Thinking Unlike Your Friends

Theodore H. White discusses what it means to go against the thinking of your friends in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 24 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Video Archives – “Blogging and the New Public Intellectual – A Conversation with Jay Rosen and Megan Garber” (2013)

This week, we look back on a conversation Roger Berkowitz, Walter Russell Mead, Jay Rosen, and Megan Garber had on the state of journalism today. Posted on 12 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 3/23/14

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…Read more Amor Mundi 3/23/14 Posted on 24 March 2014 | 11:52 am

Amor Mundi 12/22/13

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 12/22/13 Posted on 23 December 2013 | 9:43 am

Here’s How to Demonize Thinking

Richard Brody writes of “Hannah Arendt,” the new movie by Margarethe von Trotta, “The movie, unfortunately, doesn’t do Arendt justice”—a rhetorical gambit that suggests at least a fair-minded inquiry into Arendt’s thought. But Brody then proceeds to accuse Arendt of a propensity toward “monstrous abstractions.” Her tendency toward abstraction occurs despite what Brody calls  “her…Read more Here’s How to Demonize Thinking Posted on 5 June 2013 | 1:36 pm

The Delusion of the Omnipotence

“There is a difference between a man who sets out to murder his old aunt and people who without considering the economic usefulness of their actions at all (…) build factories to produce corpses. (…) Perhaps what is behind it all is only that individual human beings did not kill other individual human beings for…Read more The Delusion of the Omnipotence Posted on 3 June 2013 | 9:57 am

Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil

“Hannah Arendt” the movie by acclaimed Director Margarethe von Trotta, opened in the United States this week at Film Forum in New York. It will begin its national release on June 6th.  Around the world the movie has garnered rave reviews and played to excited audiences. Reviews in the U.S. are appearing, including a rave…Read more Yes and No: The Split the Difference Approach to the Banality of Evil Posted on 31 May 2013 | 4:21 pm

Looking Beyond A Digital Harvard

Graduation is upon us. Saturday I will be in full academic regalia mixing with the motley colors of my colleagues as we send forth yet another class of graduates onto the rest of their lives. I advised three senior projects this year. One student is headed to East Jerusalem, where she will be a fellow…Read more Looking Beyond A Digital Harvard Posted on 24 May 2013 | 12:22 pm