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Truthfulness in Politics

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Donald Trump and John Stewart both tap into a desire among the American public for truth in politics. Posted on 16 August 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 3/29/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on how poverty has changed, explore the stories of some of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement, and much more! Posted on 30 March 2015 | 10:00 am

Political Lies: Altering Facts and Rewriting History

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Richard A. Barrett discusses how political lies not only skew history but also undermine a political actor's ability to engage with reality. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Arendt and Intergenerational Justice

Christopher C. Robinson explores Arendt's concept of intergenerational justice and reveals the ways in which we can use this concept to formulate a stronger response to the global ecological crisis. Posted on 16 June 2014 | 10:00 am

One Against All

This Quote of the Week was originally published on September 3, 2012. It can be dangerous to tell the truth: “There will always be One against All, one person against all others. [This is so] not because One is terribly wise and All are terribly foolish, but because the process of thinking and researching, which…Read more One Against All Posted on 18 November 2013 | 12:52 pm

On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl)

This “Quote of the week was originally published on December 19, 2011. “Conceptually, we may call truth what we cannot change; metaphorically, it is the ground on which we stand and the sky that stretches above us.” — Hannah Arendt, “Truth and Politics” I spent December 2 in Greencastle, Indiana, talking about politics, political theory,…Read more On Facts (for Elisabeth Young-Bruehl) Posted on 14 October 2013 | 11:40 am

A Common Language

“Any period to which its own past has become as questionable as it has to us must eventually come up against the phenomenon of language, for in it the past is contained ineradicably, thwarting all attempts to get rid of it once and for all. The Greek polis will continue to exist at the bottom…Read more A Common Language Posted on 9 September 2013 | 11:30 am

What is a Fact?

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

The Political Weakness of Empathy

Political thought is representative. I form an opinion by considering a given issue from different viewpoints….This process of representation does not blindly adopt the actual views of those who stand somewhere else, and hence look upon the world from a different perspective; this is a question neither of empathy, as though I tried to be…Read more The Political Weakness of Empathy Posted on 15 October 2012 | 12:09 pm

One Against All

It can be dangerous to tell the truth: “There will always be One against All, one person against all others. [This is so] not because One is terribly wise and All are terribly foolish, but because the process of thinking and researching, which finally yields truth, can only be accomplished by an individual person. In…Read more One Against All Posted on 3 September 2012 | 12:02 pm