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Amor Mundi: September 25th, 2016

A Better Way To Hear PeopleJo Guldi argues that the Brexit vote and similar anti-elitist political movements need to be understood as more than simply a form of economic populism. While it is true that many Brexit and Trump voters are part of a working class milieu that has been excluded from the benefits of…Read more Amor Mundi: September 25th, 2016 Posted on 25 September 2016 | 8:24 am

Plurality

Through Hans Teerds' Quote of the Week piece, we examine the potential role of public space through the lens of Arendt's idea of plurality. Posted on 9 May 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 3/13/16

In today's Amor Mundi, we view the Trump phenomenon through a more critical lens, monitor a possible departure from the democratic process in Europe, witness a rise of "the social" with social media and more... Posted on 13 March 2016 | 9:30 pm

Action and Interaction

Action and interaction both relate to the public space, but where and how they occur in the world differs significantly. Posted on 24 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Theodor W. Adorno on the Meaning of Thinking

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German philosopher Theodor W. Adorno reflects on what it means to think anymore in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 22 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Death and the Public Realm

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Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Death and the Public Realm

“There is perhaps no clearer testimony to the loss of the public realm in the modern age than the almost complete loss of authentic concern with immortality, a loss somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous loss of the metaphysical concern with eternity.” -Hannah Arendt,  The Human Condition, Hannah Arendt was one of the first to remark…Read more Death and the Public Realm Posted on 13 May 2013 | 11:05 am

Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power

Jürgen Habermas sees Arendt as usefully placing emphasis on the origin of power as opposed to its means of employment. In contrast to Max Weber, who understands power in terms of particular individuals seeking to realize a fixed goal, she separates power from the telos (end), developing what Habermas calls a theory of power as…Read more Habermas on Arendt’s Conception of Power Posted on 21 February 2013 | 10:40 am

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am