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Phenomenology of Plurality

Hannah Arendt on Political Intersubjectivity

By Sophie Loidolt

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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

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology