The Terror of History: On the Uncertainties of Life in Western Civilization

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INDEX
Abelard, Peter, 103
Achilles, 15
adolescence, author’s, 35, 138, 141
aesthetics response: category boundary challenges, 85–86; as explanation and documentation, 134–35; individual nature, 152–55; and material world, 85–86, 130–31, 153; and meaningfulness, 158–62; overview, xiii–xiv, 21–22, 31, 136–38; and religion, 85–86, 153; resistance element, 135; self-dissolution route, 149; as time suspension, 137, 140, 153–54, 155–58, 160–65; transformative potential, 137–43; Utopian portrayals, 143–49
angel of history, 11
Angelus Novus (Klee), 11, 12f
The Anti-Justine (Restif de la Bretonne), 122–23
anxiety. See terror/anxiety of history, overview
artistic expression. See aesthetics response
asceticism, 57–58, 60, 91, 106, 126
Ashcroft, John, 61–62
Atreus, 131
Augustine, 24, 88, 106
Bacchic-style celebrations, 8, 30, 33, 69, 91–92, 94–97
Bauby Jean-Dominique, 142–43
Baudelaire, Charles, 20, 150, 163–65
beauty, 21–22, 153–55, 163–65, 170–71. See also aesthetics response
Bellamy, Edward, 125, 145
Belle Époque, unreason parallels, 9
Benandanti (Ginzburg), 68
Benjamin, Walter, 10–11
Bhagavad Gita performance, world history class, 140
The Birth of Tragedy (Nietzsche), 15
Black Death, ix–xii, 83–85, 131
Boccaccio, Giovanni, xi–xiii, 83–85, 131
Brave New World (Huxley), 120–22
Brawne, Fanny, 164
Brazil, 72–77, 97–98
“Bright Star” (Keats), 164
The Brothers Karamazov (Dostoevsky), 160
Browning, Robert, 162
Buber, Martin, 63–64
bubonic plague, ix–xii, 83–85, 131
Buddha, 16
Buñuel, Luis, 43
Burgos, Spain, 78
Bush, George W., 39, 41, 101
Candomblé ceremony, 68, 69
Campanella, Tommaso, 55–56
Campion, Jane, 164
Camus, Albert, 6, 26, 160
Canudos rebellion, 72–77

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • I - The Terror of History 1
  • II - Religion and the World to Come 35
  • III - The World of Matter and the Senses 83
  • IV - The Lure of Beauty and Knowledge 129
  • Conclusion 167
  • Index 173
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