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Marshall McLuhan on Critical Vision and the Automatic

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Marshall McLuhan comments on the power of critical thinking against automatic movement in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 23 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Arendt and the Sociology of Communism

We appreciate the annotations Hannah Arendt made to her copy of Jules Monnerot's Sociology and Psychology of Communism in this week's Library feature. Posted on 21 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Hannah Arendt and The Muqaddimah

On a recent trip to the Hannah Arendt Collection, we came across a three-volume copy of The Muqaddimah: An Introduction to History. Posted on 29 October 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 5/31/15

In our Amor Mundi, we explore how Title IX can endanger intellectual freedom on college campuses, meditate on our obsession with pictures, and much more! Posted on 31 May 2015 | 11:01 pm

Amor Mundi 2/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the rules of the modern political correctness movement, reflect on the state of anti-rape activities on college campuses, revisit our understanding of affluence in America, and much more. Posted on 2 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 1/11/15

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

Amor Mundi 12/28/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on our reactions to the recent killing of American police officers, meditate on Pope Francis' critique of the Church leadership, identify a separation between civilian and military life as a predominant characteristic in today's war literature, and much more. Posted on 29 December 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 4/20/14

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 4/20/14 Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:29 pm

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Who’s Afraid of the Intellectuals?

“WHO’S AFRAID OF THE INTELLECTUALS?” That is the opening sentence of Jan Mieszkowski’s excellent review of Belgian historian Christian Ingrao’s recent book Believe and Destroy: Intellectuals in the SS War Machine. I have not yet read the book. But Mieszkowski’s review raises important questions about the role of intellectuals in the systematic administration of evil.…Read more Who’s Afraid of the Intellectuals? Posted on 26 July 2013 | 11:31 am