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Sir Joshua Reynolds on the Real Labor of Thinking

Sir Joshua Reynolds comments on the lengths to which a man will go to avoid the real labor of thinking in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 5 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/24/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the promise of the Class of 2015, relate Arendt's thoughts on Eichmann to a modern mass murderer, and much more. Posted on 25 May 2015 | 10:00 am

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus on Thinking and Action

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus reflects on thinking and action in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 20 May 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 3/23/14

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 3/23/14 Posted on 24 March 2014 | 11:52 am

The Progeny of Teachers II: Philip Roth

“Like all great teachers, he personified the drama of transformation through talk.”  —Philip Roth It may be the twinkle in the eye when a light flashes in the student’s mind, or the subtle rise of the head as insight hits, or a purposeful nod as veils of darkness flutter amidst a gust of comprehension. These…Read more The Progeny of Teachers II: Philip Roth Posted on 22 April 2013 | 10:06 am

Geography is not Destiny

How are we to explain the formation and collapse of the world’s great empires in the sweep of human history? And what might the fates of past civilizations suggest about the global political scene in the present and future? Such questions are the focus of Robert D. Kaplan’s recent book, The Revenge of Geography (2012),…Read more Geography is not Destiny Posted on 5 February 2013 | 2:37 pm