Community after totalitarianism. The Eastern Orthodox intellectual tradition and the philosophical discourse of political modernity
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Peter Lang International (2009)
Starting with a definition of political modernity from the angle of its greatest trial, namely totalitarianism, this study pursues two questions: How to conceptualize community after the experience of totalitarianism? And, what can the Eastern Orthodox intellectual tradition contribute to this debate? In both parts of Europe, totalitarianism raised the same political philosophical challenge: How to conceptualize the relationship between the individual and community in the light of the absolute communization of society and the simultaneous absolute atomization of individuals which totalitarianism had brought about? In contemporary Western political philosophy, the reflection upon this experience has taken three principled directions: the unequivocal embrace and conceptual elaboration of liberalism for which the works of John Rawls and Jürgen Habermas are exemplary, the communitarian critique of liberalism for which the works of Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre are representative, and the postmodern critique which, most clearly expressed in the works of Jean-Luc Nancy, ties the question of community back to the singular human being. In the present study, I add to these three approaches a viewpoint which challenges the limits of all of them. Focusing on the works of Sergej Horužij and Christos Yannaras, I demonstrate how these authors, while accepting the lesson of totalitarianism, seek foundations for their conceptualization of community and human subjectivity in the spiritual and intellectual tradition of Eastern Christianity. My aim is to re-think the political problematic of modernity from the East and beyond liberal, communitarian and postmodern political philosophy in order to extend the interpretative space of political modernity, to sharpen the problematic of community and the human subject after the experience of totalitarianism, and to single out those elements which are especially pertinent for a post-totalitarian philosophy of community: the quality of freedom, the role of practices, and the meaning of tradition
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$56.95 direct from Amazon (7% off) $60.95 new $99.37 used Amazon page|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Regula M. Zwahlen (2012). Different Concepts of Personality: Nikolaj Berdjaev and Sergej Bulgakov. [REVIEW] Studies in East European Thought 64 (3-4):183-204.
Similar books and articles
Raf Geenens (2013). Modernity Gone Awry: Lefort on Totalitarian and Democratic Self-Representation. Critical Horizons 13 (1):74 - 93.
David Ingram (1988). The Retreat of the Political in the Modern Age: Jean-Luc Nancy on Totalitarianism and Community. Research in Phenomenology 18 (1):93-124.
Stephen Louw (1997). Unity and Development: Social Homogeneity, the Totalitarian Imaginary, and the Classical Marxist Tradition. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (2):180-205.
Fred Eidlin (1997). Blindspot of a Liberal Popper and the Problem of Community. Philosophy of the Social Sciences 27 (1):5-23.
Katherine Anne Willyard, Heidegger, Art and Politics: Exploring the Notion of Truth That Can Be Revealed Through a Work of Art in Relation to the Political Sphere.
Yves Rene Marie Simon (1947). Community of the Free. New York, H. Holt.
Irving Louis Horowitz (2012). Hannah Arendt: Radical Conservative. Transaction Publishers.
James Louis Hart (1989). Liberalism and Community: Communitarian Criticisms of John Rawls' Liberal Theory of Justice. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Enzo Rossi (2010). Liberalism, Modernity, and Communal Being. [REVIEW] Imprints: Egalitarian Theory and Practice 10 (3):257-264.
Skaidra Trilupaityte (2007). Totalitarianism and the Problem of Soviet Art Evaluation: The Lithuanian Case. Studies in East European Thought 59 (4):261 - 280.
Francesco Vitale (2009). Let the Witness Speak: From Archi-Writing to the Community to Come. Derrida Today 2 (2):260-270.
John Lechte (2011). The Vicissitudes of 'Democracy to Come': Political Community, Khôra, the Human. Derrida Today 4 (2):215-232.
Ronald Beiner (2000). Community Versus Citizenship: MacIntyre's Revolt Against the Modern State. Critical Review 14 (4):459-479.
Added to index2010-09-09
Total downloads11 ( #196,012 of 1,696,808 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #187,594 of 1,696,808 )
How can I increase my downloads?