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The new inquisitions : heretic-hunting and the intellectual origins of modern totalitarianism

Author: Arthur Versluis
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
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"In The New Inquisitions, Arthur Versluis conducts an investigation into the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. He traces totalitarianism's beginnings to the early and medieval Christian idea of heresy - the idea that there is one correct set of doctrines, and that dissent from them is a dangerous evil to be severely punished and eradicated by the Church. This idea would receive its fullest expression in the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Versluis
ISBN: 0195306376 9780195306378
OCLC Number: 62341453
Description: xii, 190 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : heresy --
Heresy and the inquisition --
Czeslaw Milosz and the captive mind --
The archetypal inquisition --
Joseph de Maistre and the Inquisition --
Juan Donoso Cortés and the "sickness" of the liberal state --
Georges Sorel and Charles Maurras : the emergence of secular state corporatism --
Maurice Barrès and Charles Maurras : the nationalist substitute for Catholicism --
The secularization of heresiophobia --
Carl Schmitt, the Inquisition, and totalitarianism --
Carl Schmitt and early modern Western esotericism --
Carl Schmitt and gnosticism --
Communism and the heresy of religion --
Eric Voegelin, anti-gnosticism, and the totalitarian emphasis on order --
The rhetoric of anti-gnosticism --
Voegelinian inquisitors --
Norman Cohn and the pursuit of heretics --
The inner demons of Europe once again --
Theodor Adorno and the "occult" --
Another long, strange trip --
That old bugaboo, "gnosticism," yet again --
An epidemic of evil! --
Digital revolution --
High weirdness in the American hinterlands --
The satanic panic of late-twentieth-century America --
Illuminatiphobia --
The Christian illuminati --
The American state of exception --
Rendering to the secular arm --
Berdyaev's insight --
Dostoevsky revisited --
Berdyaev on inquisitional psychopathology --
Totalitarianism of the left and of the right --
The betrayal of humanity --
It can happen here --
Conclusion : disorder as order --
Böhme's metaphysics of evil --
Ideocracy's consequences --
Heresy and history --
The ubiquity of ideopathology --
Mysticism and Plato's cave.
Responsibility: Arthur Versluis.
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Shows the connections between heretic hunting in early and medieval Christianity and the emergence of totalitarianism in the 20th century. This book traces heretic-hunting as a phenomenon through the  Read more...

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