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Possibility and Despair: How the EU Migrant Crisis is Disaggregating the Human Condition

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Observing the reactions of European countries to the ongoing migrant crisis is cause for feelings of possibility followed by despair. Posted on 20 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

A Vacuum Floating on Air

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Roger Berkowitz discusses Carmen Segarra and how her story exposing the Federal Reserve's lack of due diligence, as well as George Packer's book "The Unwinding", reveal a fractured America. Posted on 27 September 2014 | 1:28 pm

Is America Coming Apart?

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Roger Berkowitz discusses American exceptionalism and its decline as evinced in Charles Murray's "Coming Apart". Posted on 21 September 2014 | 9:25 am

Isaiah Berlin and the Collision of Values

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Scholar Ian Storey discusses Isaiah Berlin and the notion that politics demands we surpass acceptance to reach a level of moral and ethical understanding of one another. Posted on 11 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 5/11/14

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 5/11/14 Posted on 12 May 2014 | 11:55 am

National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism

Back in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin called out President Barack Obama for carrying out a foreign policy based in American exceptionalism. Around the same time conservatives in the GOP argued that President Obama was abandoning American exceptionalism, pushing a secular and even socialist agenda that leads him to apologize for American greatness. According to…Read more National Security and the End of American Exceptionalism Posted on 14 February 2014 | 5:13 pm

Loneliness and Expansive Writing

In The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt asks after the “elements” of totalitarianism, those fundamental building blocks that made possible an altogether new and horrific form of government. The two structural elements she locates are the emergence of a new ideological form of Antisemitism and the rise of transnational imperialist movements, which gives the structure…Read more Loneliness and Expansive Writing Posted on 24 January 2014 | 12:27 pm

Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology

“[Augustine] distinguishes between the questions of “Who am I?” and “What am I?” the first being directed by man at himself […] For in the “great mystery,” the grande profundum, which man is (iv. 14), there is “something of man [aliquid hominis] which the spirit of man which is in him itself knoweth not. But…Read more Arendt and Philosophical Anthropology Posted on 6 May 2013 | 10:05 am

“The Kings of Roma”

The New York Times recently ran an article about a Roma/Gypsy community from my country, Romania. I am Roma, and currently a visiting scholar at the Hannah Arendt Center studying Hannah Arendt’s understanding of Jewish identity and its relevance for making sense of the Roma experience. In this context, the NY Times story is surprising.…Read more “The Kings of Roma” Posted on 8 April 2013 | 1:34 pm

The Progeny of Teachers

San Jose State University is experimenting with a program where students pay a reduced fee for online courses run by the private firm Udacity. Teachers and their unions are in retreat across the nation. And groups like Uncollege insist that schools and universities are unnecessary. At a time when teachers are everywhere on the defensive,…Read more The Progeny of Teachers Posted on 16 January 2013 | 10:24 am