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, July 3rd 2016
Posted on 3 July 2016 | 3:00 pm
In this week's Amor Mundi, we engage the topic of race, one of the discussion topics of our Fall Conference. We hear about the hidden reason for Maurice Sendak's success, recognize Myanmar's culture of literature, get Wyatt Mason's take on Maylis de Kerangal’s The Heart and more...
Posted on 3 April 2016 | 9:45 pm
In this week's Amor Mundi, we meditate on Arendt's support for the right of social discrimination, reflect on the meaning of hate, and much more!
Posted on 6 April 2015 | 10:00 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on conservatism in the contemporary political environment, wonder whether liberal Zionism has exhausted its options, and wonder about a "crisis in culture" as evident in creative writing.
Posted on 4 August 2014 | 12:00 pm
Dear friend, Have you seen “Hannah Arendt,” the critically acclaimed film by Margarethe von Trotta? It has spurred a storm of commentary, including my recent essays in the New York Times and the Paris Review. The best reaction to the film is to re-read Eichmann in Jerusalem itself, the powerful book about the trial of…Read more A Letter from Roger Berkowitz
Posted on 22 July 2013 | 12:29 pm
San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers
Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am