Merton and Hannah Arendt: Desert and City in Cold War Culture

Robert Whalen is professor of history at Queens University of Charlotte and Visiting Professor of Church History at the Charlotte campus of Union Theological Seminary.  He will be presenting Thomas Merton and Hannah Arendt: Desert and City in Cold War Culture.

By comparing Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition (1958) to Thomas Merton’s  Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1965), and by examining the relationship between Arendt’s idea of the “city” and Merton’s idea of the “desert,” this essay sheds light on Arendt, on Merton, and on the Cold War culture they shared.

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About doyoureadthomasmerton

Bob Grip was the Program Chair of the International Thomas Merton Society General Meeting at Sacred Heart University in 2013.
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