More than three decades after the fall of the communist bloc, world politics seems to lack a global horizon that can orient transformative action. With “the end of grand narratives,” as Jean-François Lyotard famously described “the postmodern condition,” no universalist ideal seems capable of inspiring the formation of social movements large and durable enough to effectively confront the pressing challenges of our time: economic inequality, racism, misogyny, global warming, and many others. Political struggles have proliferated across Western societies in recent years, but for the moment, they have not crystalized into an organized political project that can contest the hegemony of contemporary capitalism.1 This fragmentation signals a political impasse characteristic of our current, postmodern time: on the one hand, political actors tend to distrust universalist political ideals inherited from the past because of their potential complicity in longstanding forms of domination such as racism, colonialism, heteronormativity, and misogyny, and...
Impure Beginnings: Arendt and Derrida on the Temporality of Political Action
Javier Burdman is research fellow (with tenure) at the National University of San Martin in Argentina. Before, he was Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Strasbourg, and research fellow at the Center “Normative Orders” of the Goethe University Frankfurt. He is the author of The Shadow of Totalitarianism: Action, Judgment, and Evil in Politics (SUNY Press: 2022), and has published a number of articles on modern German and French political philosophy.
Javier Burdman; Impure Beginnings: Arendt and Derrida on the Temporality of Political Action. CR: The New Centennial Review 1 March 2023; 23 (1): 29–52. doi: https://doi.org/10.14321/crnewcentrevi.23.1.0029
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