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Political Phenomenology
Experience, Ontology, Episteme

ISBN 9781032085760
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
372 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.