It is worth analysing the different forms of violence and asking why and how they transgress various boundaries to approach omnipotence
Posted on 3 January 2016 | 8:00 pm
In our Amor Mundi, we explore some of the questions raised by Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman," reflect on our modern information economy, and much more!
Posted on 19 July 2015 | 8:01 pm
Jeffrey Jurgens explains how Arendt's treatment of Socrates warns us of the ways in which abridged thinking can beget cynicism.
Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:30 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we wonder what Obama's success in securing the release of Bergdahl means for the power of the American presidency, reveal the double-edged quality of big data in the workplace, and identify another side of privacy on the web.
Posted on 9 June 2014 | 2:00 pm
The 20th-century nihilist belief that war is a salve to life's meaninglessness informs modern-day futurism, including those today who believe that humanity should be mechanized.
Posted on 7 June 2014 | 10:07 am
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 5/11/14
Posted on 12 May 2014 | 11:55 am
There is a fascinating essay over on the Guernica blog, where David Bromwich examines “how Obama became a publicist for his presidency (rather than the president).” In his first term Obama delivered 1,852 separate speeches, comments, or scheduled public remarks and granted 591 interviews. These exceptional numbers, explains Bromwich, were the result of “magical thinking”…Read more The Preferential President
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 11:56 am
Amidst charges of implanted memories and celebrity arrogance, I have no insight into what occurred between Mr. Allen and the younger Ms. Farrow. One side seems to think that our “rape culture” induces people to disbelieve victims. The other side believes that accusations in the court of public opinion open the door to character assassination.…Read more It Matters Who Wins
Posted on 7 February 2014 | 7:16 pm
“There is a difference between a man who sets out to murder his old aunt and people who without considering the economic usefulness of their actions at all (…) build factories to produce corpses. (…) Perhaps what is behind it all is only that individual human beings did not kill other individual human beings for…Read more The Delusion of the Omnipotence
Posted on 3 June 2013 | 9:57 am
One of the great documents of American history is the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, written in 1779 by John Adams. In Section Two of Chapter Six, Adams offers one of the most eloquent testaments to the political virtues of education. He writes: Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the…Read more John Adams on Education
Posted on 1 February 2013 | 11:25 am