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Kafka’s Sarcasm and Arendt’s Action

Arendt's description of The Trial in terms of "sarcasm" raises a number of issues about the effect and intended meaning of Kafka's writing. Posted on 1 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Born of Necessity, Blindness, or Strategy: On Greece and the Bureaucratically Divine

Bureaucracy, as imagined by both Kafka and Arendt, embodies an ideology of necessity through which humans abdicate responsibility for their common world. Posted on 30 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 2/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we investigate the increasing use of shell corporations in high-end real estate, reflect on the changing disposition of the public intellectual, comment on the dynamic nature of blogging, and much more. Posted on 16 February 2015 | 11:30 am

The Importance of the New Film, “Hannah Arendt”

The Paris Review has just published an essay by Roger Berkowitz on the importance of the new film, “Hannah Arendt,” directed by Margarethe von Trotta. Here’s how it begins: In 1963, The New Yorker published five articles on the trial of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi chief of Bureau IV-B-4, a Gestapo division in charge of Jewish Affairs.…Read more The Importance of the New Film, “Hannah Arendt” Posted on 30 May 2013 | 1:58 pm

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