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Amor Mundi 9/27/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the features of Nazi antisemitism, reflect on whether bureaucracy can secure liberty, and much more! Posted on 27 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

Bearing the Burden of the Past

“If people think that one can only write about these things in a solemn tone of voice…Look, there are people who take it amiss—and I can understand that in a sense—that, for instance, I can still laugh. But I was really of the opinion that Eichmann was a buffoon…” —Hannah Arendt Holocaust Remembrance Day, or…Read more Bearing the Burden of the Past Posted on 28 April 2014 | 10:31 am

Amor Mundi 12/15/13

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 12/15/13 Posted on 16 December 2013 | 3:42 pm

Thinking and Moral Considerations

“There exists in our society widespread fear of judging…[B]ehind the unwillingness to judge lurks the suspicion that no one is a free agent, and hence doubt that anyone is responsible or could be expected to answer for what he has done…Who has ever maintained that by judging a wrong I presuppose that I myself would…Read more Thinking and Moral Considerations Posted on 9 December 2013 | 1:01 pm

Remembrance and Gratitude

“We are wont to see friendship solely as a phenomenon of intimacy in which the friends open their hearts to each other unmolested by the world and its demands…Thus it is hard for us to understand the political relevance of friendship…But for the Greeks the essence of friendship consisted in discourse…The converse (in contrast to…Read more Remembrance and Gratitude Posted on 17 December 2012 | 12:38 pm

Withered Public, Disappearing Private

“What is necessary for the pubic realm is to shield it from the private interests which have intruded upon it in the most brutal and aggressive form.” -Hannah Arendt In 1973, Hannah Arendt was invited to participate in a series of conferences on the Humanities and Public Policy issues funded by the National Endowment for…Read more Withered Public, Disappearing Private Posted on 1 October 2012 | 11:57 am

The Voice of Right and Wrong

Whatever the source of moral knowledge might be—divine commandments or moral reason—every sane man, it was assumed, carried within himself a voice that tells him what is right and what is wrong, and this regardless of the law of the land and regardless of the voices of his fellowmen. -Hannah Arendt, Some Questions of Moral Philosophy,…Read more The Voice of Right and Wrong Posted on 30 April 2012 | 2:05 pm

“Eternal Antisemitism” – Kathleen Jones

“There is hardly an aspect of contemporary history more irritating and mystifying than the fact that of all the great unsolved political questions of our century, it should have been this seemingly small and unimportant Jewish problem that had the dubious honor of setting the whole infernal machine in motion.” -Hannah Arendt, The Origins of…Read more “Eternal Antisemitism” – Kathleen Jones Posted on 23 January 2012 | 12:36 pm

Resisting Violence-Kathleen B. Jones

“It is the function…of all action…to interrupt what otherwise would have proceeded automatically and therefore predictably.”    -Hannah Arendt, On Violence Writing at a time when she perceived and worried about an increase in support for violence as a means to right wrongs on behalf of the dispossessed, Arendt wrote On Violence. In it, she…Read more Resisting Violence-Kathleen B. Jones Posted on 21 November 2011 | 12:40 pm