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Resistere alla peste. Per una fenomenologia del coraggio come ‘passione politica
Author/s: Samantha Novello 
Year:  2021 Issue: 71 Language: Italian 
Pages:  12 Pg. 89-100 FullText PDF:  134 KB
DOI:  10.3280/LAS2021-071006
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In recent philosophical-political analysis on the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic, the plague denotes the political paradigm of the «state of exception», in which fear combined with the nihilistic reduction of life to the sheer biological dimension neutralizes the capacity for rebellion against sovereign power. The essay takes into account Albert Camus’s writings and, in particular, the homonymous novel, The Plague, as providing a crucial source for exploring the human capacity for resistance through a phenomenological investigation into the various forms or ‘types’ of courage. Conceived with Arendt as a ‘political passion’, in Camus’s work courage denotes a rigorous exercise of ‘practical’ reason rooted in an attitude (‘feeling’) of openness-to-the-world (‘love’), that is capable of constituting spaces of public freedom beyond the contemporary immunopolitical paradigm built on the hobbesian imperative of conservatio vitae.
Keywords: Phenomenology, immunopolitics, fear, resistance, resonance, courage

Samantha Novello, in "SOCIETÀ DEGLI INDIVIDUI (LA)" 71/2021, pp. 89-100, DOI:10.3280/LAS2021-071006


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