Education carries a heavy burden for Arendt. As in politics, we declare our love for the world, both or own and the world of future generations. To say that education is in crisis, then, is for Arendt not to lament the fact that “Johnny can’t read.” It is to acknowledge a generalized dissatisfaction with and alienation from the world that has us say to our children, “[i]n this world even we are not very securely at home….You must try to make out as best you can; in any case you are not entitled to call us to account. We are innocent, we wash our hands of you.”
Posted on 11 April 2016 | 12:56 am
Laurie Naranch wonders if education can prepare us to assume responsibility for and help renew the common world.
Posted on 2 August 2015 | 8:00 pm
Hans Teerds reflects on how we understand architecture as a political concern and, by extension, understand Karl Jaspers' spatial approach to thinking.
Posted on 11 May 2015 | 10:00 am
Jeffrey Champlin discusses how Arendt's use of the "Archimedean point" in Chapter 5 of The Human Condition helps us understand the Anthropocene.
Posted on 27 April 2015 | 10:00 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how poverty has changed, explore the stories of some of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, and much more!
Posted on 30 March 2015 | 10:00 am
American historian, author, playwright, and social activist Howard Zinn provides this week's Thoughts on Thinking.
Posted on 4 March 2015 | 10:00 am
In this week's Amor Mundi, we discuss several different observers' reactions to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, meditate on the use of satire as a form of political commentary, reflect on the legacy of Ferguson, and much more.
Posted on 12 January 2015 | 11:30 am
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
Laurie Naranch suggests that people's horror at the violence they witness every day can inspire them to attend to things in the common world.
Posted on 15 December 2014 | 10:00 am
Claudia Hilb reflects on how Adolf Eichmann's crimes awakened in Arendt an archaic sense of justice that is at the same time restrained by the limitations of modern judicial systems.
Posted on 8 December 2014 | 10:00 am