Towards a phenomenology of the political world

Klaus Held

in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199594900
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Towards a phenomenology of the political world

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This chapter describes the phenomenology of the political world. Phenomenology must get underway with an analysis of the political world. The chapter evaluates more precisely the relation between the concept of world or worldliness and the openness of the political. Using the term ‘political world’ is preferred to utilising the traditional terms because it is less burdened by prejudice. The guiding impulse towards the clarification of the Sache of political philosophy as political world stems from Hannah Arendt, who does not make use of the phenomenological conception of ‘horizon’. Science's confidence that it can attain a knowledge free of all horizonal plurality is among the most fundamental prejudices that phenomenology endeavours to overcome. Phenomenology is the decided present renewal of the most ancient idea of epistêmê.

Keywords: phenomenology; political world; Sache; political philosophy; Hannah Arendt; science; prejudices

Article.  9543 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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