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Critical Thinking, Judgment, and Empathy

Jennie Han discusses how Arendt's and Kant's conceptions of critical thinking help open us up to the rest of the world. Posted on 20 April 2015 | 10:00 am

Hannah Arendt and The Narratable Self

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Laurie Naranch discusses how the Italian philosopher Adriana Cavarero uses Arendt to argue for a narratable self in defense of individual uniqueness. Posted on 23 March 2015 | 10:00 am

The American Jewish Peace Archive

We recognize Aliza Becker, one of her Associate Fellows, and her creation of the American Jewish Peace Archive: An Oral History of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Activists (AJPA). Posted on 26 February 2015 | 10:00 am

Amor Mundi 2/8/15

In this week's Amor Mundi, we reflect on the transformation of artists into creative entrepreneurs, meditate on the fragility of our common world, recognize the importance of "popular art," and much more. Posted on 9 February 2015 | 11:30 am

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

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

Amor Mundi 1/5/14

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 uncritical acceptance nor contemptuous…Read more Amor Mundi 1/5/14 Posted on 6 January 2014 | 1:39 pm

Critical Thinking, Judgment and Empathy

Critical thinking is possible only where the standpoints of all others are open to inspection. Hence, critical thinking, while still a solitary business, does not cut itself off from ‘all others.’ To be sure, it still goes on in isolation, but by the force of imagination it makes the others present and thus moves in…Read more Critical Thinking, Judgment and Empathy Posted on 1 April 2013 | 11:22 am

The Politics of Non-Movement

Did the Arab Spring come from nowhere, or was it preceded by modes of social and political action that might have eluded our common conceptual frames? How do ordinary people in the Middle East manage and even alter the conditions of everyday life despite the recalcitrance of authoritarian governments? These questions formed the starting point…Read more The Politics of Non-Movement Posted on 12 February 2013 | 2:45 pm

The Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Women, Activism, and Non-Interference

In the two years since its inception, the Arab Spring remains an extraordinarily difficult phenomenon to define and assess. Its local, national, and regional consequences have been varied and contradictory, and many of them are not obviously or immediately heartening. These observations certainly apply to Syria: although growing numbers of the country’s military personnel are…Read more The Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Women, Activism, and Non-Interference Posted on 13 November 2012 | 11:17 am