In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on how bureaucratic culture is spoiling freedom on college campuses, wonder at persistent government surveillance, and more!
Posted on 20 September 2015 | 8:01 pm
Johannes Lang explores the moral and political consequences of emotion entering into the public sphere.
Posted on 23 February 2015 | 10:00 am
Roger Berkowitz addresses a few of the common sources of anger and contempt that are leveled against Hannah Arendt's "Eichmann in Jerusalem."
Posted on 6 September 2014 | 12:25 pm
It is now more than 50 years since Hannah Arendt published Eichmann in Jerusalem. It is neither her best nor her most important book, yet it does contain essential and important insights. Above all, it offers us the example of a man who, as Arendt saw and understood him, moved fairly seamlessly from being an…Read more On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt
Posted on 15 November 2013 | 2:21 pm
“Declarations of Independence: Arendt and Derrida on the Problem of Founding a Republic” Bonnie Honig The American Political Science Review, Vol. 85, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 97-113 Arendt often emphasizes the ramifications of the modern loss of authority for politics. Without faith in traditions or gods, humanity now continually faces the problem of legitimacy…Read more Arendt on the Declaration of Independence
Posted on 7 November 2013 | 10:36 am
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 Newsletter 7/21/13
Posted on 22 July 2013 | 3:06 pm
“impartiality is obtained by taking the viewpoints of others into account; impartiality is not the result of some higher standpoint that would then actually settle the dispute by being altogether above the meleé.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy In Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy, Arendt takes the surprising approach of drawing on Kant’s aesthetics…Read more Impartiality
Posted on 15 July 2013 | 11:26 am
Sensus communis as a foundation for men as political beings: Arendt’s reading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment Annelies Degryse Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Philosophy Social Criticism 2011 37(3): 345 Arendt’s late reading of Kant proposes a connection between aesthetics and politics that, among other innovations, offers a new way to think about judgment through a…Read more Arendt on Kant’s Critique of Judgment
Posted on 2 July 2013 | 2:53 pm
Thanks to Bruce Barnhart for submitting this quote: “…thinking consists in knowing that the objective world is in reality, a subjective world, that it is the objectifcation of the subject.” -Herbert Marcuse
Posted on 5 February 2013 | 10:16 am
What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact?
Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm