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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 – Lunchtime Talk with Laura Ephraim (February 2011)

In this week's Video Archives, we look back on a Lunchtime Talk former HAC post-doctoral and associate fellow Laura Ephraim delivered in 2011, in which she provides an Arendtian critique of Ray Kurzweil’s writings on ‘the Singularity.’ Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Video Archives – Roger Berkowitz L&T Lecture (2010)

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In this week's Video Archives, we take a look back at a lecture Roger Berkowitz delivered back in 2010 on the importance of humanity. Posted on 7 August 2014 | 12:07 pm

Amor Mundi 2/23/14

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 2/23/14 Posted on 24 February 2014 | 9:47 am

Transhumanism: Overcoming Death

Science fiction, Hannah Arendt tells us, has too long been undervalued by those who would seek to comprehend the human condition. It is in the human fantasies of our future that mankind reveals our desires, both possible and not yet possible. For Arendt, some of those deepest and longest-held desires included the desire to flee…Read more Transhumanism: Overcoming Death Posted on 10 June 2013 | 9:55 am

Amor Mundi 5/5/13

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 5/5/13 Posted on 6 May 2013 | 12:32 pm

Infinitely Intoxicating

Louis Pasteur once wrote: I see everywhere in the world, the inevitable expression of the concept of infinity…. The idea of God is nothing more than one form of the idea of infinity. So long as the mystery of the infinite weighs on the human mind, so long will temples be raised to the cult…Read more Infinitely Intoxicating Posted on 11 January 2013 | 12:38 pm

Seriously Impressive Bard Early College Students at the Arendt Center Conference

In October, a yellow school bus full of Bard High School Early College Students  made the trip to Bard College for the Hannah Arendt Center’s Human Being in an Inhuman Age Conference. Alexandra Eaton–videographer, Bard grad, and friend of the Arendt Center–was on the bus with the students and followed them along during the conference.…Read more Seriously Impressive Bard Early College Students at the Arendt Center Conference Posted on 23 December 2010 | 1:26 am

Is The Singularity Near? A Discussion.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15th, The Hannah Arendt Center inaugurated our new series of Wednesday lunchtime talks. The talks take place in the Mary McCarthy House seminar room. For the first lunchtime talk, I invited three colleagues to discuss Ray Kurzweil’s book, The Singularity is Near. The talks are viewable below. A Discussion on Singularity Part…Read more Is The Singularity Near? A Discussion. Posted on 16 September 2010 | 2:54 pm

Can We Know Ourselves?

If there is one core assumption that some, like Ray Kurzweil, make, it is that what we do, how we think, and what we are as humans can, as can all things in nature, be understood. Quite simply, Kurzweil adopts the fundamentally scientific view that the world is an ordered universe that can be analyzed, comprehended,…Read more Can We Know Ourselves? Posted on 4 September 2010 | 8:29 pm