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Amor Mundi 2/28/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the danger Donald Trump poses to American democracy, honor students' right to free speech, and much more! Posted on 28 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/21/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the fate of the U.S. party system, reflect on human relationships in a digital age, and much more! Posted on 21 February 2016 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 1/25/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we wonder at the emotional intensity of childbirth and what it reveals about the meaningfulness of privacy, appreciate Arendt's ability to think radically, worry about how predictive technologies such as auto-correct may lead us to become personal cliches, and much more. Posted on 26 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Isaiah Berlin and the Collision of Values

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Scholar Ian Storey discusses Isaiah Berlin and the notion that politics demands we surpass acceptance to reach a level of moral and ethical understanding of one another. Posted on 11 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 7/20/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we identify a Silicon Valley cliche, wonder if the end of dangerous thinking is near, celebrate the power of liberal arts, and much more. Posted on 21 July 2014 | 12:00 pm

Irony and Theodicy: Laughing out Loud about the Gravest of Moral Disorders

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Scholar Michael Weinman discusses Arendt's use of the term "irony" in her report on the banality of evil. Posted on 14 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Amor Mundi 12/22/13

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 12/22/13 Posted on 23 December 2013 | 9:43 am

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am

Talking through the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Prison

As a regular faculty member for the Bard Prison Initiative, I can attest that one of the most appealing aspects of working with incarcerated students is their wide-ranging curiosity and perceptiveness. The men I know are eager to discuss topics that both deepen and expand the content of their classes, and they are quick to…Read more Talking through the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Prison Posted on 11 December 2012 | 10:17 am

The Laughter of Hannah Arendt

Franz Kafka is hung in Israel for being a Nazi. Hannah Arendt laughs in the face of Auschwitz. Walter Benjamin cries for the lost revolution. With such visions, the Berlin-based-artist Volker März has carved out a space for himself as an artist of the thoughtful and the absurd. I met him last month at MEINBLAU,…Read more The Laughter of Hannah Arendt Posted on 30 November 2012 | 11:10 am