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Understanding the Initium of Humanity

A supporter of the HAC discusses understanding and humanity as an initium in this week's Library feature. Posted on 14 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/29/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the real issues behind the ongoing student protests, examine the role of race in Oscar Pitorius' trial, and much more! Posted on 29 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

An Arendtian Library: The Goethe-Institut New York

Recently, the Goethe-Institut New York contacted us via Twitter and sent us an image of some of Arendt's writings housed in its library. Posted on 30 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Critical Thinking, Judgment, and Empathy

Jennie Han discusses how Arendt's and Kant's conceptions of critical thinking help open us up to the rest of the world. Posted on 20 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Tolstoy on Thinking

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Leo Tolstoy provides this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 18 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 1/11/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss several different observers' reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meditate on the use of satire as a form of political commentary, reflect on the legacy of Ferguson, and much more. Posted on 12 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – The Anti-Political Prejudices of Modernity: A Civil Humanist Critique (2012)

For this week's Video Archive, we look back to a 2012 lecture delivered by Michael McCarthy analyzing Arendt's critique of "the world alienation of modernity". Posted on 2 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 5/11/14

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 5/11/14 Posted on 12 May 2014 | 11:55 am

Heidegger, De Man, and the Scandals of Philosophy

The first of the three volumes of the Gesammtausgabe of Martin Heidegger’s work, titled Überlegenungen or Reflections arrived in the mail. Somehow I’ll read the over 1,000 pages in these three volumes. And on April 8 in New York City I’ll be moderating a discussion on these volumes at the Goethe Institute in New York…Read more Heidegger, De Man, and the Scandals of Philosophy Posted on 14 March 2014 | 5:42 pm

The Unproductive Labor of Politics: Arendt’s reading of Adam Smith

Richard Halpern, “Eclipse of Action: Hamlet and the Political Economy of Playing,” Shakespeare Quarterly, Volume 59, Number 4, Winter 2008, pp. 450-482 As he formulates an original response to the classic problem of Hamlet’s non-action, Halpern offers one of the few critical analyses of Arendt’s reading of Adam Smith in The Human Condition. He shows…Read more The Unproductive Labor of Politics: Arendt’s reading of Adam Smith Posted on 22 January 2014 | 1:13 pm