Phenomenology of Plurality: Hannah Arendt on Political Intersubjectivity, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Phenomenology of Plurality

Hannah Arendt on Political Intersubjectivity, 1st Edition

By Sophie Loidolt


290 pages

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Winner of the 2018 Edwin Ballard Prize awarded by the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology

This book develops a unique phenomenology of plurality by introducing Hannah Arendt’s work into current debates taking place in the phenomenological tradition. Loidolt offers a systematic treatment of plurality that unites the fields of phenomenology, political theory, social ontology, and Arendt studies to offer new perspectives on key concepts such as intersubjectivity, selfhood, personhood, sociality, community, and conceptions of the "we." Phenomenology of Plurality is an in-depth, phenomenological analysis of Arendt that represents a viable third way between the "modernist" and "postmodernist" camps in Arendt scholarship. It also introduces a number of political and ethical insights that can be drawn from a phenomenology of plurality. This book will appeal to scholars interested in the topics of plurality and intersubjectivity within phenomenology, existentialism, political philosophy, ethics, and feminist philosophy.


"Sophie Loidolt's book is timely and impressive . . . [It] is a great example of reconstructive critical interpretation that challenges prevailing interpretations and develops anew Arendt's phenomenological approach to political intersubjectivity . . . Loidolt's book offers one of the most original and compelling interpretations of Arendt's philosophical thinking in recent decades. Readers approaching it in a philosophical spirit will be rewarded with a rich understanding of Arendt's work as a political phenomenology that can still teach us much about the 'human condition' today."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"A book analyzing Hannah Arendt’s phenomenological background thoroughly is long overdue . . . Many texts within Arendt-scholarship simply adopt Arendt’s language—often full of beautiful and meaningful expressions—without supplying a deeper analysis of its content and context. This is not the case with Sophie Loidolt’s book. She does not just ‘talk the talk’, she also delves deep into the meaning of Arendt’s language. Loidolt’s expertise in phenomenology allows her to achieve this goal, which also contributes to the achievement of her broader aim to familiarize both phenomenologists with Arendt and Arendtian scholars with foundations of phenomenology . . . Due to its comprehensiveness and the depth of Loidolt’s analysis, the book has great potential, not only to inspire a new, phenomenologically-oriented appreciation of Arendt’s work but also to become a crucial contribution to Arendt scholarship."Phenomenological Reviews

Table of Contents


Part I: Transforming Phenomenology: Plurality and the Political 

1 The Emergence of Plurality

2 Pluralizing and Politicizing Basic Phenomenological Concepts

3 Arendt’s Phenomenological Methodology

Part II: Actualizing Plurality: The We, the Other, and the Self in Political Intersubjectivity

4 Plurality as political intersubjectivity

5 Actualizing a plural "we"

6 A political ethics of actualized plurality


About the Author

Sophie Loidolt is Professor at the Philosophy Department of TU Darmstadt, Germany, and a member of the "Young Academy" of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Her books include Anspruch und Rechtfertigung. Eine Theorie des rechtlichen Denkens im Anschluss an die Phänomenologie Edmund Husserls (2009) and Einführung in die Rechtsphänomenologie (2010).

About the Series

Routledge Research in Phenomenology

Routledge Research in Phenomenology publishes volumes that relate phenomenological arguments and ideas to a broader range of current philosophical problems. It also offers more historically informed studies of themes and figures from the phenomenological tradition, with the aim to be a rich resource of new ideas and approaches that promise to enliven contemporary debates. Clearly written and rigorously argued, these books ensure accessibility to a broad philosophical audience and to theorists working in other disciplines.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology