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Amor Mundi 7/26/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reexamine the concentration camp as an institution of the Holocaust, reflect on the values of our "sharing" culture, and much more! Posted on 26 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Expanding the Mind Through Arendt

One of our followers on Twitter reveals how it is possible to expand one's mind by reading Arendt in this week's Library feature. Posted on 18 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Amor Mundi 9/21/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we appreciate the meaning of artistic talent to our physical and mental health, seek to understand Martin Heidegger's atypical and metaphysical Nazism, revel at the joy that is revision, and much more. Posted on 22 September 2014 | 11:30 am

The Demand for “Beginning” in the Face of the Unprecedented

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HAC Associate Fellow Jeff Jurgens explains Arendt's view that judges need to be equipped to make decisions beyond the scope of legal precedent, such as in cases of genocide. He then explains how this view informed her support for the creation of an international criminal court. Posted on 4 August 2014 | 10:30 am

The Danger of Intellectuals

[T]here are, indeed, few things that are more frightening than the steadily increasing prestige of scientifically minded brain trusters in the councils of government during the last decades. The trouble is not that they are cold-blooded enough to “think the unthinkable,” but that they do not think. -Hannah Arendt, “On Violence” Hannah Arendt’s warning about…Read more The Danger of Intellectuals Posted on 22 July 2013 | 2:20 pm

Ideological Blindness

It would be too much to hope that my plea to end the ideological warfare over Hannah Arendt would win over either those who insist she is a Nazi-lover or those who thinks she walks on water. That said, I have been pleasantly surprised that most people saw my essay for what it was: a…Read more Ideological Blindness Posted on 11 July 2013 | 10:05 am

An “Ordinary Nazi”

Christopher Browning has an excellent essay in this week’s New York Review of Books that sheds great light on the question of what, if anything, we mean when we speak of an “ordinary Nazi.” His reflections are addressed at two books, the first of which is A Small Town Near Auschwitz: Ordinary Nazis and the…Read more An “Ordinary Nazi” Posted on 14 June 2013 | 1:34 pm

The Courage of Judgment

“Men=earthbound creatures, living in communities, endowed with common sense, sensus communis, a community sense; not autonomous, needing each other’s company even for thinking (“freedom of the pen”)=first part of the Critique of Judgment: aesthetic judgment.” -Hannah Arendt, Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy This fragment from Arendt’s Lectures on Kant’s Political Philosophy is easy to overlook,…Read more The Courage of Judgment Posted on 20 May 2013 | 1:13 pm

Imagine You Are a Nazi

Werner Feig was a gifted teacher at my high school from whom I learned European History and Constitutional Law. Along with his colleague—the astounding and inspirational Eric Rothschild—Mr. Feig made sure that me and my fellow students loved history, not simply that we knew it. He also made us uncomfortable. Feig lived history—fleeing Germany as…Read more Imagine You Are a Nazi Posted on 26 April 2013 | 4:25 pm

Arendt on Resentment

Until now the totalitarian belief that everything is possible seems to have proved only that everything can be destroyed. Yet, in their effort to prove that everything is possible, totalitarian regimes have discovered without knowing it that there are crimes which men can neither punish nor forgive. When the impossible was made possible it became…Read more Arendt on Resentment Posted on 4 March 2013 | 10:44 am