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, June 19th 2016
Posted on 19 June 2016 | 8:00 pm
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 this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how Title IX is being interpreted on college campuses, explore the ethics of cryptography, and much more!
Posted on 13 December 2015 | 9:00 pm
Kazue Koishikawa challenges us to meditate on how the "political" relates to humanity and to understand why Arendt feels the public realm is diminishing.
Posted on 4 May 2015 | 10:00 am
“[Regarding The Origins of Totalitarianism] while I feel that within the necessary limitations of a historical study and political analysis I made myself sufficiently clear on certain general perplexities which have come to light through the full development of totalitarianism, I also know that I failed to explain the particular method which I came to…Read more Arendt on the Limits of Social Science
Posted on 19 May 2014 | 10:46 am
“Before we knew how to circle the earth, how to circumscribe the sphere of human habitation in days and hours, we had brought the globe into our living rooms to be touched by our hands and swirled before our eyes.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition In 1492, the same year that Christopher Columbus sailed west…Read more World Alienation and Global Tourism
Posted on 31 March 2014 | 10:53 am
“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
I was at dinner with a colleague this week—midterm week. Predictably, talk turned to the scourge of all professors: grading essays. There are few tasks in the life of a college professor less fulfilling than grading student essays. Every once in a while a really good essay jolts me to consciousness. I am elated by…Read more Making the Grade
Posted on 5 April 2013 | 3:04 pm
What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact?
Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm
“In contrast to the inorganic thereness of lifeless matter, living beings are not mere appearances. To be alive means to be possessed by an urge toward self-display which answers the fact of one’s own appearingness. Living things make their appearance like actors on a stage set for them.” -Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind, vol.…Read more Making an Appearance
Posted on 12 March 2012 | 12:59 pm