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Amor Mundi: September 18th, 2016

How To Kill Innocent PeopleTalking about his recent book Black Earth, Timothy Snyder lays out what he does and does not owe to Hannah Arendt. “The entire book owes a lot to Hannah Arendt. Everyone who works on these subjects engages with Arendt in a way or another. I do it by taking her ideas…Read more Amor Mundi: September 18th, 2016 Posted on 18 September 2016 | 9:31 am

Action and Interaction

Action and interaction both relate to the public space, but where and how they occur in the world differs significantly. Posted on 24 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Distinctions, Depth, and Memory

By Richard Barrett “We are in danger of forgetting, and such an oblivion—quite apart from the contents themselves that could be lost—would mean that, humanly speaking, we would deprive ourselves of one dimension, the dimension of depth in human existence. For memory and depth are the same, or rather, depth cannot be reached by man…Read more Distinctions, Depth, and Memory Posted on 13 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 10/11/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on snobbery and the end of judgment, celebrate Svetlana Alexievich for receiving the Nobel prize in literature, and much more! Posted on 11 October 2015 | 8:01 pm

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

The Conscience of Edward Snowden

Roger Berkowitz shares how Edward Snowden's appeal to acting out of conscience influences our view of him as either hero or criminal. Posted on 21 June 2014 | 10:52 am

Arendt and Intergenerational Justice

Christopher C. Robinson explores Arendt's concept of intergenerational justice and reveals the ways in which we can use this concept to formulate a stronger response to the global ecological crisis. Posted on 16 June 2014 | 10:00 am

Arendtian Action

‘This child, this in-between to which the lovers are now related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world.’ -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition What can we know about Arendtian action? In…Read more Arendtian Action Posted on 3 March 2014 | 10:34 am

The Threat to the Humanities

The Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee has published an open letter on the recent threats to universities and to the humanities in particular. The threat, however, is not limited to universities. As Coetzee writes: All over the world, as governments retreat from their traditional duty to foster the common good and reconceive of themselves as mere…Read more The Threat to the Humanities Posted on 8 November 2013 | 2:41 pm

Amor Mundi 9/15/13

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 9/15/13 Posted on 16 September 2013 | 2:13 pm