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Amor Mundi 12/6/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the promise of the Rojava settlement, reflect on ISIS's appeal to love as a recruitment tactic, and much more. Posted on 6 December 2015 | 9:00 pm

Amor Mundi 10/25/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we follow one family's escape from Syria as they seek asylum elsewhere, remember Sheldon Wolin, and much more! Posted on 25 October 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 7/5/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the fate of the modern novel, wonder whether automation is about to replace human labor, and much more! Posted on 5 July 2015 | 8:01 pm

Amor Mundi 2/1/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we explore the rules of the modern political correctness movement, reflect on the state of anti-rape activities on college campuses, revisit our understanding of affluence in America, and much more. Posted on 2 February 2015 | 11:30 am

Video Archives – Peter Beinart Presents ‘The Crisis of Zionism’ (2012)

In this week's Video Archives, we remember a 2012 presentation by Peter Beinart on his book "The Crisis of Zionism." Posted on 11 December 2014 | 10:00 am

Death and the Public Realm

Scholar Lance Strate discusses Arendt's remarks on the loss of the public realm and explains how this unique kind of environment relates to immortality and writing. Posted on 28 July 2014 | 10:30 am

Amor Mundi 4/20/14

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 4/20/14 Posted on 21 April 2014 | 11:29 pm

Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change

“The end of the old is not necessarily the beginning of the new.” Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind This is a simple enough statement, and yet it masks a profound truth, one that we often overlook out of the very human tendency to seek consistency and connection, to make order out of the…Read more Hiatus, Discontinuity, and Change Posted on 14 April 2014 | 12:10 pm

Canard of Decline

The secret of American exceptionalism may very well be the uniquely American susceptibility to narratives of decline. From the American defeat in Vietnam and the Soviet launch of Sputnik to the quagmire in Afghanistan and the current financial crisis, naysayers proclaim the end of the American century. And yet the prophecies of decline are nearly…Read more Canard of Decline Posted on 1 November 2013 | 12:26 pm

The False Culture of Utility

“Culture is being threatened when all worldly objects and things, produced by the present or the past, are treated as mere functions for the life process of society, as though they are there only to fulfill some need, and for this functionalization it is almost irrelevant whether the needs in question are of a high…Read more The False Culture of Utility Posted on 23 September 2013 | 11:57 am