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Public Space and Embodiment
Public Space and Embodiment

Author(s): James Mensch
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Societatea Română de Fenomenologie
Keywords: Arendt; Merleau-Ponty; Public Space; Embodiment; Intertwining

Summary/Abstract: Hannah Arendt’s notion of public space is one of her most fruitful, yet frustrating concepts. Having employed it to analyze political freedom, she claims that such space has largely disappeared in the modern world. In what follows, I am going to argue that this pessimistic assessment follows from Arendt’s exclusion of labor and work from the public realm. Against Arendt’s claim that such activities are essentially private, I shall argue that they, like action, manifest our embodied being-in-the-world. When we think of public space in terms of our embodied presence, it becomes a concept applicable to modern democratic politics.

  • Issue Year: XII/2012
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 211-226
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English