Atavistic Novelty: Questioning Hannah Arendt’s Understanding of Totalitarianism

@article{Jissov2020AtavisticNQ,
  title={Atavistic Novelty: Questioning Hannah Arendt’s Understanding of Totalitarianism},
  author={Milen G. Jissov},
  journal={The European Legacy},
  year={2020},
  volume={25},
  pages={38 - 61}
}
  • Milen G. Jissov
  • Published 2020
  • Philosophy
  • The European Legacy
  • ABSTRACT This article offers a critique of Hannah Arendt’s interpretation of totalitarianism as formulated in her magnum opus—The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951). It argues that, to comprehend totalitarianism, Arendt forged a heterodox method of historical analysis. Employing that method, she conceived totalitarianism as a form of transcendence of historical context. In doing so, however, she ignored crucial historical contexts that were in fact related to the history of totalitarianism… CONTINUE READING

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