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Alan Rickman on Storytelling and Considering What’s Possible

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Alan Rickman reflects on the human need for storytelling and considering what's possible in this week's Thoughts on Thinking. Posted on 19 January 2016 | 10:11 pm

Amor Mundi 8/31/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the anti-totalitarian tones of Arthur Koestler's "Darkness at Noon", ask how we can repair American public discourse, reflect on ways we can seek to understand and learn from history, and much more. Posted on 1 September 2014 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 4/27/14

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 4/27/14 Posted on 28 April 2014 | 12:01 pm

Neil Gaiman on Reading

Posted on 11 March 2014 | 11:07 am

Amor Mundi – 10/13/13

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 nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi – 10/13/13 Posted on 14 October 2013 | 10:27 am

Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch

Futility of action = need for permanence— Poetry or body politic Natalität -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch,  October 1953 (volume 1, p. 61) Arendt’s Thought Diary (Denktagebuch) contains fascinating reflective engagements that span the history of western thought from Plato to Heidegger. The form of the entries is as striking as their content: Arendt employs not only…Read more Hannah Arendt’s Denktagebuch Posted on 29 July 2013 | 11:59 am

Amor Mundi 5/12/13

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 5/12/13 Posted on 13 May 2013 | 1:00 am

What is a House?

Hannah Arendt spoke of having acquired, through her life, a “love of the world.” When writing about education she argues that “education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.” And in politics, she insists, we must care for and love the world more than…Read more What is a House? Posted on 16 November 2012 | 3:56 pm

Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony

Nikita Nelin concludes his report of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, 8/15/12-9/5/12. You can read his first post here, and his second post here. Decompression: Before my hands heal I should sit down and find a way to wrap this up. I have been out of the desert (Black Rock City) for over a week…Read more Playafied: From Ritual to Ceremony Posted on 25 September 2012 | 4:10 pm

To the Place of Definitions

A few weeks ago I ran into Nikita Nelin, a former student who has had success as a fiction writer and recently as a professor. He told me he was off on an adventure to attend the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert. His intention was to write about the experience and see what…Read more To the Place of Definitions Posted on 22 August 2012 | 11:37 am