Nature, Art, and the Primacy of the Political: Reading Taminiaux with Merleau-Ponty

  • Véronique M. FótiEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 89)


In much of his later work, such as Le théâtre des philosophes of 1995, and perhaps most succinctly in his essay “Was Merleau-Ponty on the Move from Husserl to Heidegger?” of 2008, Taminiaux acknowledges the inspiration of Hannah Arendt’s concern for the lifeworld as a realm of shifting appearances and of human heterogeneous plurality and interlocutory political praxis. He traces Arendt’s insights back to Husserl’s late concern for the lifeworld, as well as to Aristotle, insofar as the Stagirite, in disagreement with Plato, recognizes the autonomous intellectual excellence of phronêsis (as indispensable to fully developed moral action), and also understands tragic drama in its political importance as a mimêsis of action itself (rather than of character) and as accomplishing an intrinsic purification (katharsis) of the powerful passions that it arouses, such as pity and terror. As the title of the 2008 essay indicates, and as Taminiaux acknowledges, however, Merleau-Ponty’s thought also plays a major role in this intellectual nexus.


Political Life Artistic Creation Political Dimension Political Thought Powerful Passion 
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  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaUSA

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