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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

Hannah Arendt and Environmental Activism

Ryan Butler, a student of environmental activism, shares an image of his personal Arendt library with us in this week's Library feature. Posted on 3 September 2015 | 8:00 pm

Dismantling the Ivory Tower of Thinking

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Anabella Di Pego discusses Hannah Arendt's call to a mode of thinking that leaves behind the notion of the ivory tower at the end of "The Human Condition". Posted on 14 June 2015 | 11:00 pm

Arendt and Transformation

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Thomas Wild discusses how the transformation of thinking and acting into works of art permeates Arendt's understanding of the world conceived by humankind. Posted on 2 March 2015 | 11:30 am

An Arendtian Library – German, English, and Dutch

In this week's Library feature, we appreciate a personal library of Arendt's works submitted by a member of the international Arendt community. Posted on 19 December 2014 | 10:00 am

We Create the Conditions that Condition Us

This “Quote” of the week originally ran on May 28, 2012 “The human condition comprehends more than the condition under which life has been given to man. Men are conditioned beings because everything they come in contact with turns immediately into a condition of their existence.  The world in which the vita activa spends itself consists of…Read more We Create the Conditions that Condition Us Posted on 5 August 2013 | 10:22 am

In the Age of Big Data, Should We Live in Awe of Machines?

In 1949, The New York Times asked Norbert Wiener, author of Cybernetics, to write an essay for the paper that expressed his ideas in simple form. For editorial and other reasons, Wiener’s essay never appeared and was lost. Recently, a draft of the never-published essay was found in the MIT archives. Written now 64 years…Read more In the Age of Big Data, Should We Live in Awe of Machines? Posted on 7 June 2013 | 3:21 pm

Thinking Metaphors

This Quote of the Week post was first published on August 27, 2012. “What connects thinking and poetry [Dichten] is metaphor. In philosophy one calls concept what in poetry [Dichtkunst] is called metaphor. Thinking creates its “concepts” out of the visible, in order to designate the invisible.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch, vol. 2, p. 728 (August…Read more Thinking Metaphors Posted on 22 April 2013 | 1:15 pm

The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’

“The shift from the ‘why’ and ‘what’ to the ‘how’ implies that the actual objects of knowledge can no longer be things or eternal motions but must be processes, and that the object of science is no longer nature or the universe but the history, the story of the coming into being, of nature or…Read more The New Materialism: From ‘Why’ and ‘What’ to ‘How.’ Posted on 8 April 2013 | 11:03 am

Hannah Arendt and Yiddish

“German Jewry, like Western European Jewry in general, never understood that the simple person is the true center of politics in all democratically governed countries. And this is also the reason why German Jews often do not understand the just national aspirations of the Jewish people [folk]. Most do not know at all what a…Read more Hannah Arendt and Yiddish Posted on 18 February 2013 | 11:57 am