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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 11/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on Arendt's understanding of evil and good in wake of the Paris attacks, scrutinize farmers markets, and much more! Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

Cassandra in Little Rock

Nicholas Tampio discusses how Arendt's essay in response to the 1957 events at Little Rock High School promotes the diffusion of power in a democracy. Posted on 18 May 2015 | 10:00 am

The Alternative to Forgiveness

Andrew T. Dilts reflects on forgiveness, punishment, and vengeance with respect to George Zimmerman's slaying of Trayvon Martin. Posted on 20 October 2014 | 10:00 am

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

Video Archives – Racism Lecture Delivered by Robert Bernasconi (2011)

This week, we look back at a lecture Robert Bernasconi delivered in 2011 on racism and Enlightenment thinkers Locke and Kant. Posted on 24 July 2014 | 11:00 am

Equality and Singularity

Thomas Piketty is not the only Frenchman making waves with a new book about inequality. The Society of Equals by Pierre Rosanvallon was just published in a translation by Arthur Goldhammer with Harvard University Press (the same press that published Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century). As does Piketty, Rosanvallon employs philosophy and history to…Read more Equality and Singularity Posted on 10 May 2014 | 12:21 pm

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

Amor Mundi 4/6/14

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 4/6/14 Posted on 7 April 2014 | 10:03 am

Revolutions

“When the Revolution [sic] devoured its own children like Saturn and was like a gigantic Lava [sic] stream on whose surface the actors were born [sic] along for a while, only to be sucked away by the undertow of an undercurrent mightier than they themselves.” -Hannah Arendt, “Revolutions – Spurious and Genuine” (unpublished) This quote,…Read more Revolutions Posted on 28 October 2013 | 12:25 pm