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Totalitarianism and Political Religion: An Intellectual History

A. James Gregor

Abstract

The totalitarian systems that arose in the twentieth century presented themselves as secular. Yet, as the author of this book argues, they themselves functioned as religions. The author presents an intellectual history of the rise of these political religions, tracing a set of ideas which include the belief that a certain text contains impeccable truths; notions of infallible, charismatic leadership; and the promise of human redemption through strict obedience, selfless sacrifice, total dedication, and unremitting labor. The book provides insight into the variants of Marxism, Fascism, and Nati ... More

Keywords: totalitarianism, political religion, Marxism, Fascism, National Socialism, Ludwig Feuerbach, Moses Hess, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Giuseppe Mazzini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804781305
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804781305.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. James Gregor, author