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Amor Mundi 2/28/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the danger Donald Trump poses to American democracy, honor students' right to free speech, and much more! Posted on 28 February 2016 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/3/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we see the banality of evil in the trial of Oskar Gröning, identify certain dangers of social science research, and much more! Posted on 4 May 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 5/25/14

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 uncritical acceptance…Read more Amor Mundi 5/25/14 Posted on 26 May 2014 | 3:52 pm

Violence, Hypocrisy, and Scientific-Administrative “Laws”

“Moreover, if we inquire historically into the causes likely to transform engagés into enragés, it is not injustice that ranks first, but hypocrisy. … To tear the mask of hypocrisy from the face of the enemy, to unmask him and the devious machinations and manipulations that permit him to rule without using violent means, that…Read more Violence, Hypocrisy, and Scientific-Administrative “Laws” Posted on 12 May 2014 | 2:16 pm

Here’s How to Demonize Thinking

Richard Brody writes of “Hannah Arendt,” the new movie by Margarethe von Trotta, “The movie, unfortunately, doesn’t do Arendt justice”—a rhetorical gambit that suggests at least a fair-minded inquiry into Arendt’s thought. But Brody then proceeds to accuse Arendt of a propensity toward “monstrous abstractions.” Her tendency toward abstraction occurs despite what Brody calls  “her…Read more Here’s How to Demonize Thinking Posted on 5 June 2013 | 1:36 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

Thinking through the Human Condition

Thinking through the Human Condition: Arendt and Anthropology Answering Arendt’s Indictments of Social Science My blog post today is the first of a series of contributions that aims to bring Arendt’s thought into conversation with cultural anthropology, my home discipline, and other modes of social analysis. At first glance, Arendt and anthropologists would seem to…Read more Thinking through the Human Condition Posted on 17 July 2012 | 2:26 pm