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Taking the Measure of the Political

Stuart Elden

in Speaking Against Number

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780748619818
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652518 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619818.003.0004
Taking the Measure of the Political

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This chapter ties together the three main strands of this book, evaluating the political implications of Heidegger's work, and suggests that although much more of his own thought is political than is usually noted, a thorough recognition of these interrelations has powerful potential. Noting how his work in the area of calculation has proved important in other studies, it suggests that it is possible to take this forward in productive ways. Overall, the book intends to show that there is a way of using Heidegger's thought for political purposes which is not blind to the way it was employed by him, but that this is only possible through a sustained engagement with his political thought. An inquiry into the question of measure and the mode or order of connection is only one way into, through and beyond Heidegger's texts, but it is a revealing one. Taking on the political, and yet distancing itself from an understanding of the political as polemical, the book contributes to an understanding of the relation of calculation to the political. In thinking about the relation of calculation to politics, it opens up new ways of thinking about the political, through, as the conclusion suggests, taking the measure of the political.

Keywords: Heidegger; politics; calculation; political thought

Chapter.  5987 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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