The world as the "Beyond" in politics

dc.contributor.authorRoodt, Vastien_ZA
dc.contributor.authorStoker, Wesselen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan der Merwe, W. L.en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationRoodt, V. 2012. The world as the "Beyond"in politics Stoker, W & Van Der Merwe, W. L. (eds.). Shifting Views of Transcendence in Philosophy, Theology, Art, and Politics. Netherlands, Amsterdam, 341-359.en_ZA
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dc.description.abstractIn this essay, I consider transcendence in relation to politics. Following Hannah Arendt, I argue that a necessary condition for politics is a concern with a common world. The world in this sense is the common interest that informs political action, but cannot be reduced to anyone’s particular interest. The world, in this sense, is the “beyond” of politics from which the call goes out for political action, but which can never be fully embodied in any given action or any specific position in the world. This understanding of the world renders a conception of political action as a way of being at home in the world that eschews an exclusive commitment to anyone’s particular place within it. To accept that the world lies beyond our private concerns, while nevertheless making an appeal to us from where we are not, is to accept that politics is predicated on transcendence.en_ZA
dc.publisherRodopi Pubblishersen_ZA
dc.subjectArendt, Hannah, 1906-1975 -- Political and social viewsen_ZA
dc.subjectPolitics -- Philosophyen_ZA
dc.subjectWorldliness -- Philosophyen_ZA
dc.subjectTranscendence (Philosophy) -- Politicsen_ZA
dc.titleThe world as the "Beyond" in politicsen_ZA
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