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Political Violence in the Twentieth Century

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134982.003.0009
Political Violence in the Twentieth Century

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Adolf Hitler and Naziism are interpreted as an extreme example of Kierkegaard's aesthetic sphere of existence. Stalin and Russian Communism are interpreted as an extreme example of Kierkegaard's ethical sphere of existence. The varying forms of psychopathology they manifest make clear the consequences of human rejection of the divine call to spiritual growth. Naziism and Stalinism can also be interpreted as political religions, in other words, as modern forms of idolatry.

Keywords: aesthetic sphere; ethical sphere; Naziism; political religion; Stalinism

Chapter.  9894 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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