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Amor Mundi 1/24/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the democratic role of the U.S. constitution, ask what it means to share the unshareable, and much more! Posted on 24 January 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 4/19/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appeal to the banality of evil in acknowledging Holocaust Memorial Day, meditate on the importance of privacy, and much more! Posted on 20 April 2015 | 11:29 am

Video Archives: Lunchtime Talk with Ursula Ludz (2010)

This week, we look back on a 2010 Lunchtime Talk with Ursula Ludz, a former visiting scholar of the Hannah Arendt Center. Posted on 6 November 2014 | 9:00 am

Amor Mundi 12/1/13

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 12/1/13 Posted on 2 December 2013 | 12:48 pm

Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch

Futility of action = need for permanence— Poetry or body politic Natalität -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch,  October 1953 (volume 1, p. 61) Arendt’s Thought Diary (Denktagebuch) contains fascinating reflective engagements that span the history of western thought from Plato to Heidegger. The form of the entries is as striking as their content: Arendt employs not only…Read more Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch Posted on 29 July 2013 | 11:59 am

Amor Mundi – 6/9/13

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 – 6/9/13 Posted on 10 June 2013 | 1:59 pm

Irving Howe on Hannah Arendt

The American writer and founder of Dissent magazine Irving Howe wrote many of the best accounts of the controversy over Arendt’s publication of Eichmann in Jerusalem. As the controversy swells yet again in the wake of the new movie “Hannah Arendt,” Dissent thankfully republishes an excerpt of Howe’s testamentary writing about Arendt. My first encounter…Read more Irving Howe on Hannah Arendt Posted on 10 June 2013 | 10:57 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

Sigrid Weigel on Poetry and Philosophy in Arendt’s Thought Diary

Sigrid Weigel, “Poetics as a Presupposition of Philosophy: Hannah Arendt’s. Denktagebuch,” Telos, 2009, 146: 97-110. Sigrid Weigel describes the Thought Diary as an explicit decision on Arendt’s part to turn from the personal and literary reflections of her earlier diaries to explicit reflection on questions of political philosophy following the publication of Origins of Totalitarianism…Read more Sigrid Weigel on Poetry and Philosophy in Arendt’s Thought Diary Posted on 27 February 2013 | 10:55 am

Literary Necklace

Posted on 10 January 2013 | 10:04 am