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Weber and the Politician as Tragic Hero

Massimo Cacciari

in The Unpolitical

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780823230037
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823230037.003.0010
Weber and the Politician as Tragic Hero

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These lectures actually make up a single study of the source of Weber's thought and the conflict from which the necessity for philosophy arises, which cannot be resolved according to the terms in which it really manifests itself but only by mystifying its characters. If the tragic awareness of the impossibility of resolving the conflict is at the heart of life itself, then Weber's phenomenology reveals itself as definitely tragic. Therefore, any interpretation of Weber's work is based on the notion of dualism: even though it is possible to grasp its distinct aspect, it is still completely wrong when considered as a whole. This chapter also argues that the politician is no hero; that, in short, he has nothing to do with any kind of superman and a hero is not one who accomplishes himself in extremis, but he who tolerates the tension of opposites. It proves that political activity is not social, because the ends that it pursues are not conceivable outside of social relations.

Keywords: philosophy; tragic; dualism; politician; hero; extremis

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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