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Banishing Oblivion

The Nobel Prize celebrates those like Aung San Suu Kyi who dedicate their lives to the conviction that truth will win out over the holes of oblivion. Posted on 19 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/10/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the implications of a new French surveillance law, consider the infantalization of college students, and much more! Posted on 11 May 2015 | 12:00 pm

Amor Mundi 10/5/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore novelist Marilynne Robinson's observation that fear dominates the contemporary human condition, value the recognition of the "now" as made manifest in Richard McGuire's "Here", reflect on academics' deficiency when it comes to writing, and much more! Posted on 6 October 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 9/21/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appreciate the meaning of artistic talent to our physical and mental health, seek to understand Martin Heidegger's atypical and metaphysical Nazism, revel at the joy that is revision, and much more. Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Arendt and a “Special Jewish Destiny”

anu Samnotra discusses how Arendt's understanding of fate and destiny, particularly how these concepts related to Jewish political life during the mid-twentieth century, helped shape her theories of philosophy and political theory. Posted on 2 June 2014 | 10:32 am

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

Constitutions and the Social Questions: Arendt, Ambedkar, and the limits of Political Theory

“[T]o the extent that they had a positive notion of freedom which would transcend the idea of a successful liberation from tyrants and from necessity, this notion was identified with the act of foundation, that is, the framing of a constitution.” -Hannah Arendt, “On Revolution” The year just gone by marked the centenary of B.R.…Read more Constitutions and the Social Questions: Arendt, Ambedkar, and the limits of Political Theory Posted on 13 January 2014 | 4:22 pm

Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence

“Having said this, I must deal immediately and at some length with the question of violence.” —Nelson Mandela  “Sometimes ‘violence is the only way of ensuring a hearing for moderation.’”             —Hannah Arendt citing Conor Cruise O’Brien, On Violence Nelson Mandela gave one of the great speeches of 20th century at his trial before the…Read more Nelson Mandela & Hannah Arendt on Violence Posted on 6 December 2013 | 12:12 pm

On Revolution

“The sad truth of the matter is that the French Revolution, which ended in disaster, has made world history, while the American Revolution, so triumphantly successful, has remained an event of little more than local importance.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution Last week brought two events into focus: the annual July 4th celebration commemorating the American…Read more On Revolution Posted on 8 July 2013 | 12:30 pm

Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship?

“If it is true that all thought begins with remembrance, it is also true that no remembrance remains secure unless it is condensed and distilled into a framework of conceptual notions within which it can further exercise itself.” -Hannah Arendt, On Revolution With these words Arendt complains, in her magnificent book about the French and…Read more Do Revolutionaries Always Establish a Dictatorship? Posted on 18 March 2013 | 11:05 am