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Amor Mundi 1/31/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we dissect a 1962 pardon request made by Adolf Eichmann, reflect on the Malheur occupation, and much more! Posted on 1 February 2016 | 11:41 am

Dianoetic Laughter

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

The Conditions of “Savages”

Michiel Bot discusses how Arendt's use of the term "savages" and "Dark Continent" in The Origins of Totalitarianism can advance our political thinking. Posted on 13 April 2015 | 10:00 am

The Dangers of Cynicism

Jeffrey Jurgens explains how Arendt's treatment of Socrates warns us of the ways in which abridged thinking can beget cynicism. Posted on 30 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 3/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we challenge our colleges to make a safe place for dangerous thinking, reflect on the dangers posed by Salafist Jihad, and much more. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 11:30 am

Thinking and Transcendence

Kazue Koishikawa reflects on Arendt's observation that thinking acquires political significance when we think beyond our own limitations. Posted on 29 December 2014 | 10:00 am

On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt

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

On Mark Lilla on Hannah Arendt

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

Irony as an Antidote to Thoughtlessness

People blame [übel nehmen] me for one thing—and I can understand that to some extent, outwardly—namely that I can still laugh [about it], right? And I was really of the opinion that Eichmann was a clown [ein Hanswurst], and I tell you, I read this police interrogation, 3600 pages, very carefully, and I don’t know…Read more Irony as an Antidote to Thoughtlessness Posted on 7 October 2013 | 1:30 pm

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