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Contingency of action, spatiality of conflict. Encounters and disagreements between Arendt and Merleau-Ponty

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1. Title Title of document Contingency of action, spatiality of conflict. Encounters and disagreements between Arendt and Merleau-Ponty
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Diego Paredes Goicochea; University of Buenos Aires; Argentina
3. Subject Discipline(s) Political philosophy; political theory
3. Subject Keyword(s) Action; Conflict; Hannah Arendt; Maurice Merleau-Ponty; Political Space
3. Subject Subject classification 7207
4. Description Abstract The purpose of this article is to discuss the connection between Arendt and Merleau-Ponty’s political thought based on the relation between the contingency of action and the spatiality of conflict. Even though the shared concern for developing a phenomenology of action institutes a common ground between their theories, I intend to show that there are significant philosophical differences when it comes to their understanding of conflict and the space in which it unfolds. Although both authors approach the question of action by decentering the subject and by rejecting the notion of an objective and “egocentered” space, the way in which history and the social sphere inform their elucidation of the spatiality of conflict reveals a mismatch between Arendt’s plurality and Merleau-Ponty’s coexistence. I argue that this mismatch holds important consequences as to what each of them understands by political action.
5. Publisher Organizing agency, location Universidad Complutense de Madrid
6. Contributor Sponsor(s) Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas
7. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 2017-06-30
8. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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9. Format File format PDF (Español), HTML (Español)
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11. Source Title; vol., no. (year) Las Torres de Lucca. International Journal of Political Philosophy; Vol 6, No 10 (2017): January-June
12. Language English=en es
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