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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences$
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Peter Baehr

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756501

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756501.001.0001

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Totalitarianism as a “Secular Religion”

Totalitarianism as a “Secular Religion”

The Dispute Between Hannah Arendt and Jules Monnerot

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(p.93) § 4 Totalitarianism as a “Secular Religion”
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Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism, and the Social Sciences
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756501.003.0005

This chapter, which examines Hannah Arendt's attitude toward secular religion theory and the attitude that shaped her encounter with sociology, considers her dispute with the French writer Jules Monnerot, with whom she clashed in the pages of the journal Confluence. Monnerot was strongly wedded to secular religion theory as a means of highlighting a curious feature of totalitarian movements. In the context of twentieth-century totalitarian movements, the chapter also distinguishes among Marxist faith, religious politics, imitation or ersatz religion, parallel religion, ritualized politics, religious legacy, and militant religion.

Keywords:   totalitarian movements, secular religion theory, Confluence, Arendt vs Monnerot, Marxist faith, ritualized politics, militant religion

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