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Phenomenology of Plurality

Hannah Arendt on Political Intersubjectivity

By Sophie Loidolt

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290 pages

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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.

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 Guest Professor at the Philosophy Department of the University of Kassel, 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