The origins of this book are found in the attempt to understand how and why individuals or groups may live, sacrifice, endure, kill, or die in the name of an all-encompassing idea, whether overtly secular or religious, in order to fulfil the soteriological principles serving as pillars of a totalist worldview. Such principles have had many names in scholarly literature, with Isaiah Berlin calling them the “final answer to all human ills”, or Michael Mann defining them as “ultimate meaning”.
KeywordsTotalist Movement Religious Pluralization Ultimate Meaning Bolshevik Revolution Charismatic Authority
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