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Towards a Critique of the Category of Totalitarianism

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Domenico Losurdo Towards a Critique of the Category of Totalitarianism A polysemous category Already in 1951, when Hannah Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism was first published, the concept of totalitarianism had been debated for decades. And yet, the meaning of the term still lacks a proper definition. Is it possible to find a way through what appears to be a maze? In this article, I shall not examine the examples in which the adjective ‘totalitarian’, even more than the noun that derives from it, bears a positive connotation. In other words, I shall not concentrate on the positive use of

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