PhD candidate in Cultural Studies, University of Warsaw
Junior Visiting Fellow
(July – August 2016)
Natalism as a Third Attempt to Overcome Gnosis
Hans Blumenberg stated that modernity, after Christianity, was the second attempt to overcome gnosis. Since modernity is endangered, the role of its upholder was assumed by Hannah Arendt’s natalism, reflection on natality, forming the hidden core of her writings. It constitutes a retroactive riposte for the revival of Augustinian problematic in German Lebensphilosophie. Arendt’s secular messianism, sprang from the fact of birth, heralds a philosophy of life that cannot be expressed in biopolitical vocabulary which remains insusceptible to cryptotheology.
Previous stays at the IWM:
July – December 2015, Józef Tischner Visiting Fellow
Hannah Arendt’s Early Thought as a Response to the Political Theology
The early works of Hannah Arendt – Der Liebesbegriff bei Augustin and Rahel Varnhagen – greatly inspired her later thought. Arendt indirectly participated in the Weimar political-theological debates, and her defence of the ‘pretheological sphere’ could be seen as a critical response to Carl Schmitt’s political theology. She was also influenced by Max Weber’s theory of secularization and studies on Jewry. The project aims at contextualizing Arendt within the Weimar debates, in which contemporary discussions on secularization still remain rooted.