Totalitarianism as free „externalization”. Hannah Arendt on Hermann Broch Cover Image

Totalitarismul ca liberă „externalizare”. Hannah Arendt despre Hermann Broch
Totalitarianism as free „externalization”. Hannah Arendt on Hermann Broch

Author(s): Caius Dobrescu
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Fundaţia »Societatea Civilă« (FSC)
Keywords: Outsourcing; objectification; internalization; totalitarianism; Broch; Berger

Summary/Abstract: The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), with its three sections, “Antisemitism”, „Imperialism” and, fore and foremost, „Totalitarianism”, seem to distillate Hannah Arendt’s wisdom on the quintessential evil of the 20th century, but from such monumental a perspective that it fatally renders only the major processes and the structural arch-determinations. But are there instances in which Arendt also attempted an intensive exploration of this problem, trying to scan the depth of the individual consciousness, the innermost intellectual nuclei of the fascination for totalitarianism? With the prospect of articulating a positive answer to this question, the paper analyses the comprehensive but implicitly critical manner in which Arendt portrays the Austrian novelist and essayist Hermann Broch (1886, Vienna – 1951 New Haven, Connecticut), a thinker apparently alien to all form of association with totalitarian movements or ideas.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 160
  • Page Range: 8-15
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Romanian