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Amor Mundi 04/24/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we look further into the reality of Bitcoin, China, from Confucius to Communism, the rise of virtual reality, the possibility of boredom in the digital age and more... Posted on 25 April 2016 | 8:13 am

Arendt and the Sociology of Communism

We appreciate the annotations Hannah Arendt made to her copy of Jules Monnerot's Sociology and Psychology of Communism in this week's Library feature. Posted on 21 January 2016 | 8:00 pm

Distinctions, Depth, and Memory

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By Richard Barrett “We are in danger of forgetting, and such an oblivion—quite apart from the contents themselves that could be lost—would mean that, humanly speaking, we would deprive ourselves of one dimension, the dimension of depth in human existence. For memory and depth are the same, or rather, depth cannot be reached by man…Read more Distinctions, Depth, and Memory Posted on 13 December 2015 | 8:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/15/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on Arendt's understanding of evil and good in wake of the Paris attacks, scrutinize farmers markets, and much more! Posted on 15 November 2015 | 8:01 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

Amor Mundi 2/22/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we recognize the enduring legacy of the American Revolution in American politics and rhetoric, expose the under-reported dangers of becoming a whistleblower, identify the universality all writers aspire to achieve, and much more. Posted on 23 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Amor Mundi 11/30/14

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the state of refugees and human rights, realize the need to rethink the role of Congress in formulating U.S. foreign policy, meditate on the outcome of Darren Wilson's trial, and much more. Posted on 1 December 2014 | 10:30 am

The Revolution Will Not Be Institutionalized

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Jeffrey Jurgens discusses Arendt's analysis of the Western tradition of revolution and how revolutionary episodes for her failed to enshrine the people's freedom in lasting institutions. Posted on 27 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Privacy and Politics

In the most recent NY Review of Books, David Cole wonders if we’ve reached the point of no return on the issue of privacy: “Reviewing seven years of the NSA amassing comprehensive records on every American’s every phone call, the board identified only one case in which the program actually identified an unknown terrorist suspect.…Read more Privacy and Politics Posted on 28 February 2014 | 4:04 pm

Amor Mundi 2/23/14

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 2/23/14 Posted on 24 February 2014 | 9:47 am