Arendt’s Political Theology—From Political Religion to Profanation

Arendt Studies 3:111-131 (2019)

Authors
Bulent Diken
Lancaster University
Abstract
The article elaborates on Arendt’s take on the religious and the political and on how they interact and merge in modernity, especially in totalitarianism. We start with framing the three different understandings of religion in Arendt: first, a classic understanding of religion, which is foreign to the logic of the political; second, a secularized political religion; and third, a weak messianism. Both the classic understanding of religion and the political religion deny human freedom in Arendt’s sense. Her transcendent alternative to them both is the notion of the democratic political community: the Republic. Then we turn to Arendt’s political theology, illuminating why interrogating Nazism is central to examine the relationship between politics and religion in modernity. This is followed by a discussion of Nazism as a type of political religion. We focus here on totalitarianism, both as an idea and actual institution. We conclude with an assessment of the role of profanation in Arendt’s work and its significance vis-à-vis the contemporary ‘return of religion’ as well as totalitarian tendencies which call for new forms of voluntary servitude.
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Continental Philosophy
Categories No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
ISBN(s) 2574-2329
DOI 10.5840/arendtstudies201982721
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 45,629
External links

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.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

A Common World? Arendt, Castoriadis and Political Creation.Ingerid S. Straume - 2012 - European Journal of Social Theory 15 (3):367-383.
The Cambridge Companion to Hannah Arendt.Dana Villa (ed.) - 2000 - Cambridge University Press.
Arendt, Scholem, Benjamin.Raluca Eddon - 2006 - European Journal of Political Theory 5 (3):261-279.
Political Anti-Theology.Michael Allen Gillespie & Lucas Perkins - 2010 - Critical Review 22 (1):65-84.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-09-21

Total views
9 ( #814,061 of 2,280,716 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
9 ( #102,954 of 2,280,716 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature