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Europe Between Agony And Hope: Christianity, History And Violence In María Zambrano

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This chapter considers María Zambrano's analysis of the European crisis and European anthropological models, the historical reasons for such a condition and especially the dual role of Christianity, as both exacerbating the crisis and offering the possibility of overcoming it. For Zambrano, the drama of modern culture lies precisely in the humiliation of life by truth. Starting with Descartes, in the face of life's resistance to its conversion by truth, modern philosophy has preferred to concentrate exclusively on truth, that is, on the transformation of truth. The "terrible malaise" of Europe, its violence, is none other than a betrayal, the perverse version of the original, ontological, creative violence of Christianity.

Keywords: Christianity; creative violence; European anthropological models; María Zambrano; modern philosophy



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