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Amor Mundi 7/26/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reexamine the concentration camp as an institution of the Holocaust, reflect on the values of our "sharing" culture, and much more! Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, and the Importance of the Interior

Hans Teerds draws upon the writings of Hannah Arendt and Walter Benjamin to discuss the importance of the interior in people's lives. Posted on 26 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Arendt, The Body, and The Self

Kazue Koishikawa discusses Arendt's conception of the self and how our thoughts, our bodies, our speech, and our love shape our existence as communal beings. Posted on 29 September 2014 | 10:00 am

Death and the Public Realm

Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Privacy and Politics

In the most recent NY Review of Books, David Cole wonders if we’ve reached the point of no return on the issue of privacy: “Reviewing seven years of the NSA amassing comprehensive records on every American’s every phone call, the board identified only one case in which the program actually identified an unknown terrorist suspect.…Read more Privacy and Politics Posted on 28 February 2014 | 4:04 pm

Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action

“Hannah Arendt, Feminist Theorizing, and the Debate Over New Reproductive Technologies” Kimberley F. Curtis, Polity, Vol. 28, No. 2 (Winter, 1995), pp. 159-187 Kimberley Curtis employs Arendt’s conceptual categories in The Human Condition to critically distinguish between scientific interventions that control fertility and those that endeavor to produce fertility. In doing so, she both offers…Read more Arendt on Reproductive Technologies, Labor, and Action Posted on 4 December 2013 | 10:59 am

Arendt versus Occupy

Review of:  Danny Michelsen and Franz Walter, Unpolitical Democracy: On the Crisis of Representation  [Unpolitische Demokratie: Zur Krise der Repräsentation (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2013)] In this new study, Danny Michelsen and Franz Walter of the Institute of Democracy Research at Göttingen University examine the problem of democratic representation in terms of a paradox: democracy wishes to…Read more Arendt versus Occupy Posted on 30 October 2013 | 9:53 am

The Courage to Make Plurality

It requires courage even to leave the protective security of our four walls and enter the public realm, not because of particular dangers which may lie in wait for us, but because we have arrived in a realm where the concern for life has lost its validity. Courage liberates men from their worry about life…Read more The Courage to Make Plurality Posted on 16 September 2013 | 11:54 am

A Reflective Education

It is a new year, not only for Jews celebrating Rosh Hashanah but also for hundreds of thousands of college and university students around the world. As with all new things, there are surprises in store, some glorious and others traumatic. Over at Harvard, they invited Nannerl O. Keohane —past President of Wellesley College—to give the…Read more A Reflective Education Posted on 6 September 2013 | 3:30 pm

Too Busy to Think

“One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy and that for most people the need for leisure simply ceases to exist after a certain amount of time.” – Hannah Arendt to Gershom Scholem, November 4, 1943 Hannah Arendt had lived for a…Read more Too Busy to Think Posted on 28 May 2013 | 11:22 am