Imagine human beings who spend their entire lives confined within a cave peering at a shadowy surface of images. These beings see nothing but images of the real. In the Republic, Plato asks his readers to imagine just this. His provocation does not depict humans held captive by a stream of images projected on mobile devices with bright, sensitive surfaces. Though our own cave tests the limits of the image, Plato’s cave remains instructive.
Posted on 28 March 2016 | 8:00 pm
In this week's Amor Mundi, we speculate about the fate of the U.S. party system, reflect on human relationships in a digital age, and much more!
Posted on 21 February 2016 | 8:01 pm
In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the appeal of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, announce a job opening, and much more!
Posted on 14 February 2016 | 8:01 pm
Ian Storey discusses the hashtag #YouAintNoMuslimBruv as a symbol of humankind's ability to resist a kind of violence that is bound to doctrine.
Posted on 16 January 2016 | 12:00 pm
Jerome Kohn remembers Hannah Arendt on the 40th anniversary of her death.
Posted on 3 December 2015 | 8:00 pm
Arendt scarcely addressed distributive justice, but her reasoning could augment that of Martha Nussbaum, who criticized the liberal model of John Rawls.
Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:00 pm
Peter Baehr analyzes “Stalinism in Retrospect”, Arendt's contribution to Columbia’s Seminar on Communism, with respect to her theories on totalitarianism.
Posted on 30 September 2015 | 8:00 pm
Charles Snyder reflects on how dianoetic laughter frees us from the misery that arises from our constant failure to be able to converse with ourselves.
Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:00 pm
Philip Walsh discusses some of the startling conclusions Hannah Arendt arrived at with regards to moral philosophy.
Posted on 31 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
In this week's Library feature, we reflect on how Hannah Arendt was a "who's who" in 1974-5--just one year prior to her death at the age of 69.
Posted on 10 April 2015 | 10:00 am