The Third Origin

Roberto Esposito

in The Origin of the Political

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2017 | ISBN: 9780823276264
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780823277001 | DOI:

Series: Commonalities (FUP)

The Third Origin

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This chapter argues that the double operation involving the urbanization of originary conflict and the “heroization” of political action is not yet sufficient to bridge the principle gap between polemos and polis, or between violence and power, at least in reference to the way the Arendt herself radicalizes the opposition. Unless a third point of reference, a third archetype, or a third origin intervenes it is impossible to confer stability and duration upon a politics that is still overly exposed to the wound generated by originary scission. Arendt finds her last pole star—a third point capable of uniting the scene of origin in a perfect triangular form—in Rome. This is the third origin that fuses all the flotsam and jetsam that distances Troy from Athens, thereby consolidating a broader originary figure finally liberated from all residues of violence.

Keywords: Hannah Arendt; war; politics; Rome; Troy; Athens; philosophy

Chapter.  2580 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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