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Amor Mundi 5/12/13

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 5/12/13 Posted on 13 May 2013 | 1:00 am

Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition

Arnold Gehlen,”Vom tätigen Leben (Hannah Arendt)”, Merkur Vol. 159 (1961) 482-6. The conservative anthropologist Arnold Gehlen fell out of favor in post WWII Germany largely due to his support of the Nazis: he joined the party in 1933 but continued to teach after the war following a “denazification” process. However, with the recent rediscovery of…Read more Arnold Gehlen on Arendt’s The Human Condition Posted on 7 May 2013 | 9:46 am

Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology

“[Augustine] distinguishes between the questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I?” the first being directed by man at himself […] For in the “great mystery,” the grande profundum, which man is (iv. 14), there is “something of man [aliquid hominis] which the spirit of man which is in him itself knoweth not. But…Read more Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology Posted on 6 May 2013 | 10:05 am

Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer

Ernst Cassirer is an oft-neglected thinker in contemporary continental philosophy. He is typically eclipsed by Martin Heidegger, whom he faced in the now famous disputation at Davos, Switzerland in the spring of 1929, which had such a dramatic effect on continental philosophy that the young Emmanuel Levinas, who attended the debate, felt as if he…Read more Ned Curthoys’ Recovery of Arendt’s Intellectual Dialogue with Ernst Cassirer Posted on 3 January 2013 | 2:30 pm