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Amor Mundi 06/05/16

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 06/05/16 Posted on 5 June 2016 | 8:00 pm

Hannah Arendt, Social Constructs, and Seeing the World

Rukaya Al Zayani has shared several images with us of her personal Arendt library and explained how Arendt has influenced her view of the world. Posted on 18 February 2016 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 12/20/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the failure of human rights with regards to the refugee crisis, marvel at the width of the political divide, and much more. Posted on 20 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

A Meditation on Arendt, Rilke, & Guns

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The despair expressed in Rilke's Duino Elegies is an expression of our human world and as such distills the loss we feel from gun violence. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Hannah Arendt — Among Friends?

Jerome Kohn remembers Hannah Arendt on the 40th anniversary of her death. Posted on 3 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

The Varieties of Exception

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Arendt’s comparison of the criminal and the stateless person draws our attention to the multiple exceptions that sovereign states create. Posted on 11 October 2015 | 8:00 pm

Stalinism in Retrospect: Hannah Arendt

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

We Never Left: When Nixon Went to China, or when Xi Came to America

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The modern Chinese state under President Xi Jinping is an exceedingly different beast than the regimes Arendt understood as inaugurating totalitarianism. Posted on 27 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

A Chinese President Visits the United States – Where are the Arendtians?

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The People’s Republic of China is fertile territory for Arendt scholars. But, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the U.S. this week, where are they? Posted on 21 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Possibility and Despair: How the EU Migrant Crisis is Disaggregating the Human Condition

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Observing the reactions of European countries to the ongoing migrant crisis is cause for feelings of possibility followed by despair. Posted on 20 September 2015 | 8:00 pm