Phenomenology and the Primacy of the Political

Essays in Honor of Jacques Taminiaux

  • Véronique M. Fóti
  • Pavlos Kontos

Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 89)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Reading the History of Political Philosophy

  3. Political Facets of Phenomenology

  4. Phenomenology in Political Concreteness

  5. The Political Vision of Taminiaux’s Phenomenology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Françoise Dastur
      Pages 209-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-259

About this book


This volume is a Festschrift in honor of Jacques Taminiaux and examines the primacy of the political within phenomenology. These objectives support each other, in that Taminiaux's own intellectual itinerary brought him increasingly to an affirmation of the importance of the political. Divided into four sections, the essays contained in this volume engage with different aspects of the political dimension of phenomenology: its dialogue with classic texts of political philosophy, the political facets of phenomenological praxis, phenomenology’s contribution to actual political debates, and the impact of Taminiaux’s work in the shaping of phenomenology’s notion of politics.

The phrase “the primacy of the political” echoes the “primacy of perception” as it was famously defined by Merleau-Ponty. This book emphasizes, however, the inescapability of the political rather than its “foundational” character, i.e. the fact that various itineraries of thought, explored in different fields of phenomenological research, give rise to politically relevant reflections. It points out and elucidates political connotations that haunt phenomenological concepts, such as ‘world’, ‘self’, ‘nature’, ‘intersubjectivity, or ‘language’, and traces them to a broad range of approaches, concepts, and methods. In its explorations, the book discusses a broad range of thinkers, including, but not limited to, Aristotle and Kant, Bergson, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Gadamer, Ricoeur, and Arendt.


Applied Phenomenology Arendt and Aristotle Heidegger and Politics Jacques Taminiaux Merleau-Ponty and Politics Phenomenology and politics Phenomenological Reduction and Politics Phenomenology of the political Political Phenomenology Poetics and Politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Véronique M. Fóti
    • 1
  • Pavlos Kontos
    • 2
  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.University of PatrasPatrasGreece

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