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Amor Mundi 9/13/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of fear in contemporary America, explore the true societal impact of colleges, and much more! Posted on 13 September 2015 | 8:01 pm

The Conscience of Edward Snowden

Roger Berkowitz shares how Edward Snowden's appeal to acting out of conscience influences our view of him as either hero or criminal. Posted on 21 June 2014 | 10:52 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

Amor Mundi 11/24/13

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 11/24/13 Posted on 25 November 2013 | 3:26 pm

Machine-man and man-machines in the last stage of the laboring society

“The last stage of the laboring society, the society of job holders, demands of its members a sheer automatic functioning, as though individual life had actually been submerged in the over-all life process of the species and the only active decision still required of the individual were to let go, so to speak, to abandon…Read more Machine-man and man-machines in the last stage of the laboring society Posted on 26 August 2013 | 2:59 pm

Contesting Statelessness

“The conception of human rights, based upon the assumed existence of a human being as such, broke down the very moment when those who professed to believe in it were for the first time confronted with people who had indeed lost all other qualities and specific relationships—except that they were still human” (The Origins of…Read more Contesting Statelessness Posted on 13 August 2013 | 11:02 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

Islamic and Liberal Intersections

Over the course of the past two decades, the political idiom of liberalism has substantially expanded its global reach and dominance. In the vast majority of the world’s existing states, principles of individual rights and collective recognition have been or are being enshrined in constitutions and other legal codes, and actors in the public sphere…Read more Islamic and Liberal Intersections Posted on 10 April 2013 | 1:16 pm

Forgiveness

Trespassing is an everyday occurrence which is in the very nature of action’s constant establishment of new relationships within a web of relations, and it needs forgiving, dismissing in order to go on by constantly releasing men from what they have done unknowingly.  Only through this constant mutual release from what they do can men…Read more Forgiveness Posted on 25 March 2013 | 10:15 am