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Amor Mundi 5/25/14

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…Read more Amor Mundi 5/25/14 Posted on 26 May 2014 | 3:52 pm

Reinventing the High School Model

For too long now high school has been a waste of time for too many people. I always remind my students that Georg Friedrich Hegel developed his lectures on the Philosophy of Right as a course for a German Gymnasium, the equivalent of high school in the United States. Most American high schools have long…Read more Reinventing the High School Model Posted on 10 April 2013 | 4:10 pm

Tuning Out, Heroism, and the Power of Example

I received an email from an old friend this weekend. She has been deeply affected by the death of Ki Suck Han, the New York man who was pushed off a subway platform near Times Square—and abandoned by all his fellow passengers, before being run over by an oncoming train. She wrote: The subway death…Read more Tuning Out, Heroism, and the Power of Example Posted on 13 December 2012 | 11:57 am

The Fragility of Normalcy

We were prepared Monday night at the Hannah Arendt Center’s NYC hideout, huddled together with candles and a portable radio, as we toasted the storm over dinner with neighbors and friends. Thankfully, the Arendt Center’s two homes at Bard College and in upper NYC both escaped the wrath of the hurricane. Many of our supporters…Read more The Fragility of Normalcy Posted on 2 November 2012 | 10:36 am