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Arendt and Augustine: More Than One Kind of Love


Tatman, Lucy, Arendt and Augustine: More Than One Kind of Love, Sophia, 52, (4) pp. 625-635. ISSN 1873-930X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11841-013-0363-3


Although Hannah Arendt is not usually read as a philosopher of religion, her political philosophy is noticeably filled with references to religious figures and thinkers, including Jesus of Nazareth, Augustine and Duns Scotus. Also notable is the implicit centrality in her thought of amor mundi, or love of the world. The difficulty is that although she spoke to her students about it, she rarely wrote about amor mundi. In this article, I seek to provide a plausible explanation of the meaning of amor mundi in Arendt’s thought, drawing in particular upon the influence of Augustine on Arendt’s unique development of the ethical and political principle of love for the world. Specifically, through a close reading of Arendt’s doctoral dissertation, Love and Saint Augustine, I identify the relationship between Augustine’s conception of cupiditas and Arendt’s conception of amor mundi.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy of religion
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Tatman, Lucy (Dr Lucy Tatman)
ID Code:84035
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2013-04-15
Last Modified:2018-02-13

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