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Amor Mundi: September 4th, 2016

Shakespeare as Teacher Scott Newstok bemoans the way newly entering college students have been cheated by the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, “which ushered in our disastrous fixation on testing.” He worries that “unrelenting assessment has stunted your imaginations.” In response, he suggests that students open themselves to thinking like Shakespeare. “The most fascinating…Read more Amor Mundi: September 4th, 2016 Posted on 3 September 2016 | 4:34 pm

Amor Mundi 8/16/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the corporatization of education, realize the need for civil disobedience against the regulatory state, and much more! Posted on 16 August 2015 | 8:01 pm

The Dystopia of Knowledge

Jennifer M. Hudson uses Arendt and David Eggers' The Circle to understand man's quest to free himself from nature and to infinitely expand his knowledge. Posted on 24 May 2015 | 11:00 pm

American Exceptionalism: What Are We Fighting For?

For the Weekend Read this week, we provide an edited transcript of Professor Berkowitz’s speech, which he delivered at the commencement of this year's conference "The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Values Worth Fighting For?" Posted on 18 October 2014 | 11:30 am

The Spirit of Revolution

Roger Berkowitz emphasizes the need to restore spaces and possibilities for the experience of freedom, including in democratic states. Posted on 25 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Jacques Ranciere and Hannah Arendt on Democratic Politics

Roger Berkowitz discusses the nature of democracy in the modern world and compares Jacque's Ranciere's conceptualization of this "paradoxical politics" with that of Hannah Arendt. Posted on 23 August 2014 | 10:00 am

The Dystopia of Knowledge

“This future man, whom the scientists tell us they will produce in no more than a hundred years, seems to be possessed by a rebellion against human existence as it has been given, a free gift from nowhere (secularly speaking), which he wishes to exchange, as it were, for something he has made himself.” Hannah…Read more The Dystopia of Knowledge Posted on 17 February 2014 | 12:39 pm

Why Think?

This post was originally published July 16, 2012 “What makes us think? Hegel’s answer: Reconciliation. Reconciliation with what? With things as they are. But this we do constantly anyhow by establishing ourselves in the world. Why repeat it in thought?”           – Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch, 782 No relation is more central to Hannah…Read more Why Think? Posted on 10 February 2014 | 2:47 pm

Amor Mundi 4/14/13

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 4/14/13 Posted on 15 April 2013 | 10:56 am

Power, Persuasion, and Organization

  John Duncan has in interesting response to Bill Dixon’s Quote of the Week this week. Dixon wrote about the importance of power (as opposed to violence or domination) in political life. And he worried that power was being lost and, what is more, becoming impossible to hold on to or acquire in the modern…Read more Power, Persuasion, and Organization Posted on 18 January 2013 | 11:46 am