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(2016) Political phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer.

Political phenomenology

John Wild and Emmanuel Levinas on the political

Richard Sugarman

pp. 145-170

The main purpose of this essay is to renew the study of the political from a phenomenological point of view through a comparison of the thought of John Wild and Emmanuel Levinas. This paper emphasizes similarities between the two thinkers as well as differences. It concludes with a case study of the practical application of phenomenology to politics. It does so by exploring some of the political dimensions of the life-world responsible for the election of Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) to his previous position as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. Sanders appointed Sugarman as "Commissioner of Reality" upon his election in 1981. The author wishes to point out that this was a non-paying position.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27775-2_9

Full citation:

Sugarman, R. (2016)., Political phenomenology: John Wild and Emmanuel Levinas on the political, in H. Y. Jung & L. Embree (eds.), Political phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 145-170.

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