Starting with a definition of political modernity from the perspective of its greatest trial – totalitarianism – this study asks the question how community is conceptualized in the contemporary Western philosophical discourse and in the Russian Orthodox intellectual tradition. Contemporary philosophical and theological approaches in Russia develop alternative perspectives on community and on the human subject. This study analyzes them historically and philosophically and compares them with liberal, postmodern and communitarian philosophies of community in the West.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. 199 pp.
Contents: Totalitarianism and the question of community in political philosophy – The interpretative space of political
modernity – The Russian Orthodox intellectual tradition in the twentieth century – Contingencies and alternatives in political
modernity – Three elements for a post-totalitarian philosophy of community.