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Amor Mundi 3/8/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how certain curricula in schools today are undermining moral facts, realize that the penalty for leakers of sensitive information varies depending on one's connections, uncover 'discriminatory intent' within and beyond the Ferguson police department, and much more! Posted on 9 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 10/12/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize Patrick Modiano for his winning the Nobel Prize in Literature, wonder at how few memoirs have been written about the War in Afghanistan when compared to the Iraq War, ask whether big data is the new positivism, and much more! Posted on 13 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Teaching Arendtian Thinking

“The teacher’s qualification consists in knowing the world and being able to instruct others about it, but his authority rests on his assumption of responsibility for that world. Vis-à-vis the child it is as though he were a representative of all adult inhabitants, pointing out the details and saying to the child: This is our…Read more Teaching Arendtian Thinking Posted on 6 January 2014 | 11:16 am

Amor Mundi 10/27/13

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 10/27/13 Posted on 28 October 2013 | 2:08 pm

Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis

On Thursday and Friday Oct. 3-4, the Hannah Arendt Center will host its 6th Annual International Conference, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis.” At a time of blistering technological and cultural change, reformers want schools to prepare students for the future—but which future? And despite the polarizing polemics over curricular change and the learned arguments…Read more Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis Posted on 27 September 2013 | 12:07 pm

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

This “Quote” of the week originally ran on May 28, 2012 “The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 5 August 2013 | 10:22 am

Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi Newsletter 7/21/13 Posted on 22 July 2013 | 3:06 pm

Excerpts from the Sassen Papers

In response to the my essay on “Misreading ‘Eichmann in Jerusalem,” I have been asked repeatedly how to access the Sassen papers, the more than 1,300 pages of memoir and interview transcripts that Eichmann produced while he was in Argentina. The first answer is simple: Read the two issues of Life magazine from November 28…Read more Excerpts from the Sassen Papers Posted on 12 July 2013 | 2:22 pm

The MOOCs Debate Continues

Thinking stops us. To think is to slow down, even stop, turn around, and reflect. There is that famous scene in the Symposium where Socrates simply stands there in the street for hours, thinking. Barbara Sukowa, in the new film Hannah Arendt, literally smokes saying nothing for minutes on end to offer the exemplary sense…Read more The MOOCs Debate Continues Posted on 17 May 2013 | 2:12 pm

John Godfrey Saxe on Thinking

“At Learning’s fountain it is sweet to drink, But ’tis a nobler privilege to think.” -John Godfrey Saxe   Posted on 29 January 2013 | 11:50 am