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Thank God We Are Creatures: Hannah Arendt’s Cryptotheology

Faculty of Artes Liberales, University of Warsaw, ul. Nowy Świat 69, 00-046 Warszawa, Poland
Religions 2018, 9(11), 371;
Received: 1 October 2018 / Revised: 6 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 19 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Marrano Phenomenon. Jewish ‘Hidden Tradition’ and Modernity)
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Main concern of this article is to grasp the interpretative matrix of Hannah Arendt’s doctorate, which, I claim, is the central organising net for her other writings. I call this matrix “cryptotheological defence of the secular world”. In order to show its functionality, I have to determine the character of Arendt’s discourse in relation to theology and philosophy on the basis of her doctoral thesis from 1929. The main attention will be focused on the figure of the neighbour as a singular and the concept of natality. I will show how the critique of theology, often very ironic, serves Arendt to contest the paradigm of the political theology. View Full-Text
Keywords: Hannah Arendt; Augustine of Hippo; creatureliness; neighbour; post-secularism; cryptotheology; marrano; transcendence; singularity Hannah Arendt; Augustine of Hippo; creatureliness; neighbour; post-secularism; cryptotheology; marrano; transcendence; singularity
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