On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O'Connor and Hannah Arendt.

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  • Author(s): Bell, Vikki
  • Source:
    Theory, Culture & Society. Apr2005, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p1-27. 27p.
  • Document Type:
    Article
  • Additional Information
    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      Arendt
      Badiou
      Cold War culture
      doubt
      ethics
      faith
      O'Connor
      plurality
      Voegelin
    • Abstract:
      Referring to Hannah Arendt's book Eichmann in Jerusalem, the Southern US fiction writer Flannery O'Connor expressed the effect of the revelations about the horrors of Nazi Germany as `haunting'. Taking this comment and her admiration of Arendt as a cue, this article rereads Flannery O'Connor's fictional depiction of secular characters. Usually lauded or critiqued for her entanglement in `otherworldly' concerns, here these concerns become comprehensible as much as political intervention as motivated by `religious' belief. O'Connor's frequently humorous use of her fiction as a retort to the secular world was inflected by her reading of Eric Voegelin's contemporary secularization thesis with its criticism of all 'isms'. In this context, O'Connor's admiration for Arendt becomes all the more intriguing (since Arendt's interpretations of the human condition clashed with Voegelin's), and allows one to stage a theoretical meeting in order to explore O'Connor's depiction of the secular in relation to a speculative exploration of how Arendt might have responded to the fiction of O'Connor. Such a staging is accomplished here via a reading of O'Connor's short story `The Lame Shall Enter First' read against Arendt's concerns, principally those expressed in The Human Condition. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • ISSN:
      0263-2764
    • Accession Number:
      10.1177/0263276405051663
    • Accession Number:
      17232979
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      BELL, V. On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt. Theory, Culture & Society, [s. l.], v. 22, n. 2, p. 1–27, 2005. DOI 10.1177/0263276405051663. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=17232979. Acesso em: 30 nov. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Bell V. On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt. Theory, Culture & Society. 2005;22(2):1-27. doi:10.1177/0263276405051663
    • APA:
      Bell, V. (2005). On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt. Theory, Culture & Society, 22(2), 1–27. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276405051663
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Bell, Vikki. 2005. “On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt.” Theory, Culture & Society 22 (2): 1–27. doi:10.1177/0263276405051663.
    • Harvard:
      Bell, V. (2005) ‘On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt’, Theory, Culture & Society, 22(2), pp. 1–27. doi: 10.1177/0263276405051663.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Bell, V 2005, ‘On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt’, Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 1–27, viewed 30 November 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Bell, Vikki. “On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt.” Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 22, no. 2, Apr. 2005, pp. 1–27. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0263276405051663.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Bell, Vikki. “On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt.” Theory, Culture & Society 22, no. 2 (April 2005): 1–27. doi:10.1177/0263276405051663.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Bell V. On the Critique of Secular Ethics: An Essay with Flannery O’Connor and Hannah Arendt. Theory, Culture & Society [Internet]. 2005 Apr [cited 2020 Nov 30];22(2):1–27. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=hch&AN=17232979