1st Edition

Political Phenomenology Experience, Ontology, Episteme

Edited By Thomas Bedorf, Steffen Herrmann Copyright 2020
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    370 Pages
    by Routledge

    In recent years phenomenology has become a resource for reflecting on political questions. While much of this discussion has primarily focused on the ways in which phenomenology can help reformulate central concepts in political theory, the chapters in this volume ask in a methodological and systematic way how phenomenology can connect first-person experience with normative principles in political philosophy. The chapters are divided into three thematic sections. Part I covers the phenomenology of political experience. The chapters in this section focus on a variety of experiences that we come across in political practice. The chapters in Part II address the phenomenology of political ontology by examining the constitution of the realm of the political. Finally, Part III analyzes the phenomenology of political episteme in which our political world is grounded. Political Phenomenology will be of interest to researchers working on phenomenology, Continental philosophy, and political theory.

    1. Three Types of Political Phenomenology

    Thomas Bedorf and Steffen Herrmann

    Part I. Phenomenology of Political Experiences

    2. Dialectical Praxis and the Decolonial Struggle: Sartre and Fanon’s Contributions to Political Phenomenology

    Robert Bernasconi

    3. The Normative Force of Suffered Violence

    Pascal Delhom

    4. A Political Grammar of Feelings: Thinking the Political Through Sensitivity and Sentimentality

    Brigitte Bargetz

    5. Concernedness: For a Political Rehabilitation of an Unwelcome Affect

    Emmanuel Alloa and Florian Grosser

    6. The Shimmering Phenomenon of Clandestinity: Political Phenomenology Beside Appearing and Vanishing

    Andreas Oberprantacher

    Part II. Phenomenology of Political Ontology

    7. Husserl and the Political: A Phenomenological Confrontation with Carl Schmitt and Alexandre Kojève

    Bettina Bergo

    8. Rethinking the Politics of Post-Truth with Hannah Arendt

    Linda Zerilli

    9. "Who One Is" – A Political Issue? Hannah Arendt on Personhood, Maximal Self, and Bare Life

    Sophie Loidolt

    10. Democracy and Terror: Toward a Phenomenology of (Dis-)Embodiment

    Jacob Rogozinski

    11. The Power of Public Assemblies: Democratic Politics Following Butler and Arendt

    Gerhard Thonhauser

    12. The Matter of the Other

    Debra Bergoffen

    Part III. Phenomenology of Political Episteme

    13. Instituting Institutions: An Exploration of the Political Phenomenology of Stiftung

    Thomas Bedorf

    14. Intentionality, Representation, Recognition: Phenomenology and the Politics of A-Legality

    Hans Lindahl

    15. The Struggle for a Common World: From Epistemic Power to Political Action with Arendt and Fricker

    Steffen Herrmann

    16. Doing Gender Differently? The Embodiment of Gender Norms in between Permanence and Transformation

    Maren Wehrle

    17. Filling in the Blank: Art, Politics, and Phenomenology

    Christian Grüny


    Thomas Bedorf is Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany.

    Steffen Herrmann is Associate Professor at the Institute of Philosophy at FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany.