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Amor Mundi 7/12/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the exceptional place the black church holds in American culture, discuss the importance of encryption, and much more! Posted on 12 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 5/3/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we see the banality of evil in the trial of Oskar Gröning, identify certain dangers of social science research, and much more! Posted on 4 May 2015 | 11:30 am

On Civic Journalism

In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan describes a man with a Muck Rake, a man who looks only down, raking the muck off the floor. Earthly, gazing down, collecting the muck around himself, the Muck Raker sees only the detritus of our world. He never looks up, neither into the heavens or even into the face…Read more On Civic Journalism Posted on 17 January 2014 | 12:41 pm

Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality

Action is “the miracle that saves the world from its normal, ‘natural’ ruin.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition “I mentioned the quality of being a person as distinguished from being mere human…, and I said that to speak about a moral personality is almost redundancy…In the process of thought in which I actualize the specifically…Read more Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality Posted on 25 November 2013 | 12:02 pm

Amor Mundi 6/16/13

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 6/16/13 Posted on 17 June 2013 | 2:05 pm

Labor and Summer Vacation

“There is no lasting happiness outside the prescribed cycle of painful exhaustion and pleasurable regeneration, and whatever throws this cycle out of balance – poverty and misery where exhaustion is followed by wretchedness instead of regeneration, or great riches and an entirely effortless life where boredom takes the place of exhaustion and where the mills…Read more Labor and Summer Vacation Posted on 10 June 2013 | 12:27 pm

What is a House?

Hannah Arendt spoke of having acquired, through her life, a “love of the world.” When writing about education she argues that “education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.” And in politics, she insists, we must care for and love the world more than…Read more What is a House? Posted on 16 November 2012 | 3:56 pm

The Humanity of Shame

One of the great surprises upon arriving at Bard College was meeting Norman Manea. Manea, who was born in Romania, spent four years as a child in a concentration camp, many more as a dissident, and finally relocated to NYC and Bard College. He is a prolific and exciting writer, the author of novels, memoirs and…Read more The Humanity of Shame Posted on 23 March 2012 | 2:49 pm