Timothy Stanley
The University Of Newcastle, Australia
Hannah Arendt clearly articulated a vision of political life free of religious origins as well as the dominance of religious authorities. Nonetheless, she both consistently drew upon religious ideas as well as encouraged religious actors to weigh in on political matters. To understand why, I firstly reiterate her account of intersubjective plurality articulated throughout the vita activa’s three categories of labor, work and action. Secondly, I apply the vita activa to some of Arendt’s most prominent writings on religion. What emerges is yet another way in which Arendt’s oeuvre continues to matter.
Keywords Vita activa  secularization  intersubjectivity  plurality  reconciliation
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