Conclusions: Engaging with the Ethico-Political

  • Moran M. MandelbaumEmail author


This chapter summarises this book’s main arguments, namely the rise of the fantasy of nation/state congruency and the ideal of homogeneous societies, however defined and practiced, as constitutive of the ‘modern international’. Drawing on Rancière, this chapter engages with the ethico-political, thus exposing the exclusionary and violent dimensions of ‘policy’ and ‘politics’ that arise from our regime of congruency. This means that by exposing ethico-political implications one could also take the political as an ethical space, precisely because it is, as Arendt argued, a ‘gap between past and future’, a space in which the present can be changed. This chapter concludes with three main ethico-political implications and advocate rethinking our dependence on the ideal of societal homogeneity.


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