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Amor Mundi 11/22/15

In our Amor Mundi, we reflect on the rhetoric used by student protests, explore the question of the United States accepting Syrian refugees, and more! Posted on 22 November 2015 | 8:01 pm

Banishing Oblivion

The Nobel Prize celebrates those like Aung San Suu Kyi who dedicate their lives to the conviction that truth will win out over the holes of oblivion. Posted on 19 July 2015 | 8:00 pm

Arendt’s Plurality of Languages

Tower of Babel
Thomas Wild and Anne Posten discuss how we need to read Hannah Arendt in the plurality of her languages in such a way that their differences illuminate each other if we want to grasp the political and poetic spectrum, legacy, and provocation of her thinking. Posted on 12 January 2015 | 10:00 am

Destiny and Democracy

Ian Storey invokes two pieces by E. B. White to speculate on the United States fear for the world it must confront today. Posted on 6 October 2014 | 10:00 am

Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory

Peter Singer writes of the suddenly divergent attitudes toward the two greatest mass murderers of the 20th Century, Hitler and Stalin: “Hitler and Stalin were ruthless dictators who committed murder on a vast scale. But, while it is impossible to imagine a Hitler statue in Berlin, or anywhere else in Germany, statues of Stalin have…Read more Stalin, Hitler, and Cromwell and the Politics of Memory Posted on 10 January 2014 | 2:51 pm

Skeptical, Dispassionate and Free

This post was originally published on December 2, 2011. Eight years ago this week, Michael Ignatieff accepted the Hannah Arendt Prize in Bremen. Ignatieff’s acceptance speech spoke of Hannah Arendt as an example, as an intellectual whose work and persona had inspired and guided him on his own course. As is appropriate, he praises Arendt and…Read more Skeptical, Dispassionate and Free Posted on 20 December 2013 | 2:28 pm

The Laboratory as Anti-Environment

“Seen from the perspective of the “real” world, the laboratory is the anticipation of a changed environment.” -Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind I find this quote intriguing in that its reference to environments and environmental change speak to the fact that Arendt’s philosophy was essentially an ecological one, indeed one that is profoundly…Read more The Laboratory as Anti-Environment Posted on 16 December 2013 | 10:49 am

Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality

Action is “the miracle that saves the world from its normal, ‘natural’ ruin.” -Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition “I mentioned the quality of being a person as distinguished from being mere human…, and I said that to speak about a moral personality is almost redundancy…In the process of thought in which I actualize the specifically…Read more Some Thoughts on the Importance of Personality Posted on 25 November 2013 | 12:02 pm

Amor Mundi 11/10/13

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 11/10/13 Posted on 11 November 2013 | 10:07 am

The Gravity of Thinking

“What I propose, therefore, is very simple: it is nothing more than to think what we are doing”  —Hannah Arendt, “Prologue”, The Human Condition The final scene of Alfonso Cuarón’s new film, Gravity, shows us Sandra Bullock trapped underwater in a satellite escape pod that she has just crashed into earth. Breaking loose from the…Read more The Gravity of Thinking Posted on 11 November 2013 | 9:44 am