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Arendt’s Jewish-German background – the fact that she studied theology with Romano Guardini and Rudolf Bultmann, that before the war she conceived her first writings within the philosophical and cultural context formed by the works of Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, Gershom Scholem, Hans Jonas, and Walter Benjamin – constitutes an important dimension in the reception of her work that has not received due attention. Her discussion of religion, theology, and secularisation has great relevance today, since she understood secularisation as the fortunate moment when religion and politics divorce – which for her also implies that religion still inspires politics in a meaningful way, though it no longer controls it or imposes religious laws.
October 17, 6:00pm
Traces and Transitions to Hannah Arendt’s Unwritten Book on Love