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William James on the True, the Right, and the Expedient

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William James reflects on the true and the right as expedients in the way of our thinking in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 10 November 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 4/5/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we meditate on Arendt's support for the right of social discrimination, reflect on the meaning of hate, and much more! Posted on 6 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Hannah Arendt and the Political Dangers of Emotion

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Johannes Lang explores the moral and political consequences of emotion entering into the public sphere. Posted on 23 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 1/4/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reevaluate our basic understanding of liberty, reflect on whether economic inequality undermines democracy, realize the blame of the Bush-Cheney White House in allowing torture to flourish in the CIA, and much more. Posted on 5 January 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 12/21/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how Ferguson has irrevocably changed the national dialogue on racism, identify the real moral questions surrounding the CIA Torture Report, marvel at the use of "selfies" as a form of protest, and much more. Posted on 22 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – “Revenge and the Art of Justice” (2011)

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In this week's Video Archives, we look back on a lecture Roger Berkowitz gave on the relationship between revenge and justice. Posted on 4 December 2014 | 10:00 am

The Rationality of Breaking the Rules

Controversy is raging around Thomas Friedman’s column today advising the presumptive Secretary of State John Kerry to “break all the rules.” In short, Friedman—known for his faithful belief that technology is making the world flat and changing things for the better—counsels that the U.S. ignore hostile governments and appeal directly to the people. Here’s the…Read more The Rationality of Breaking the Rules Posted on 24 January 2013 | 4:13 pm

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am

Thinking through the Human Condition

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Answering Arendt’s Indictments of Social Science My blog post today is the first of a series of contributions that aims to bring Arendt’s thought into conversation with cultural anthropology, my home discipline, and other modes of social analysis. At first glance, Arendt and anthropologists would seem to…Read more Thinking through the Human Condition Posted on 17 July 2012 | 2:26 pm

Vigilance in the Name of Freedom

I recently was sent the following quotation by Friedrich Hayek, the economist and political thinker. Personally, I find that the most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it – or, to put it bluntly, its…Read more Vigilance in the Name of Freedom Posted on 27 January 2012 | 11:55 am