By Gregg Lambert
The pal, the enemy, the stranger, the refugee or deportee, and the survivor. In singular and provocative style, Gregg Lambert’s Philosophy after Friendship introduces us to the most important social personae that experience populated sleek political philosophy. Drawing at the philosophies of Deleuze and Derrida, in addition to the paintings of Indo-European linguist Émile Benveniste, Lambert constructs a family tree to illustrate how political proposal has been based by way of the emergence of such “conceptual personae.”
At the guts of Philosophy after Friendship is the personality of the good friend, including the belief of friendship, on which the democratic beliefs of consensus, fraternity, and equality are established. Lambert argues that the power of this conceptual personality, originated by way of the Greeks, has been exhausted by way of centuries of struggle. in reality, we'd this present day be witnessing the overturning of an prior philosophical idealism that observed friendship because the vacation spot of the political and, as a substitute, the emergence of a nonphilosophical figuring out that has set perpetual conflict because the final flooring from which destiny taking into account the political needs to depart.
In his end, Lambert proposes a very “postwar philosophy” that takes as its first precept the assumption of perpetual peace, which might require not anything lower than a whole reevaluation of the pursuits of any destiny political philosophy, if no longer the that means of philosophy itself.
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