Conclusion: Distracted Republic

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI:
Conclusion: Distracted Republic

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This chapter concludes with a concrete treatment of the conceptual scenarios the book has set out with. In “Distracted Republic”, the radical republicanism one finds in Marquis de Sade, the wild materialism of the Althusserian concept of the political, the critique of the suturing function of the cultural sphere, and the aporetics of divisible sovereignty are conjugated in an analysis of the concept of the republic taken from twentieth-century political history: from the tragic failure of the republican model with the defeat of the Spanish Republic in 1939. The chapter reads the work of the Spanish republican philosopher María Zambrano alongside Edmund Husserl's 1935 “Vienna Lecture”. The modern republic is the regime of this movement. The effort to become “republican” in this sense is an effort to live in and distribute, share, and extend the strong terror of weak concepts.

Keywords: republicanism; Marquis de Sade; materialism; sovereignty; María Zambrano; Edmund Husserl; terror; concepts

Chapter.  8732 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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