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The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence (Hardback)
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The Second Birth: On the Political Beginnings of Human Existence (Hardback)

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Hardback 200 Pages / Published: 15/12/2015
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Most scholars link the origin of politics to the formation of human societies, but in this innovative work, Tilo Schabert takes it even further back: to our very births. Drawing on mythical, philosophical, religious, and political thought from around the globe-including America, Europe, the Middle East, and China-The Second Birth proposes a transhistorical and transcultural theory of politics rooted in political cosmology. With impressive erudition, Schabert explores the physical fundamentals of political life, unveiling a profound new insight: our bodies actually teach us politics. Schabert traces different figurations of power inherent to our singular existence, things such as numbers, time, thought, and desire, showing how they render our lives political ones-and, thus, how politics exists in us individually, long before it plays a role in the establishment of societies and institutions. Through these figurations of power, Schabert argues, we learn how to institute our own government within the political forces that already surround us-to create our own world within the one into which we have been born. In a stunning vision of human agency, this book ultimately sketches a political cosmos in which we are all builders, in which we can be at once political and free.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226038056
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 234 x 160 x 18 mm


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Schabert presents an inspiring, learned, wise, and impassioned call to return to the basic facts of human existence, to the basic wisdom of the (s)ages, and to an understanding of politics as a necessary and immanent expression of human creativity. This is Schabert s starting point for a Second Birth. His turn to the thoughtful and experienced origins of contemporary civilization is at once radical and conservative: he evokes the reason of philosophy and the conviction of faith, the freedom of thought and the call of the divine, the crisis of the political hour and the hope of eternal being. I enjoyed this short and wonderfully rich feast of thought. Indeed, I found myself processing Schabert s profound meditation on being and the creativity of politics (and arguing with it!) long after reading this unique rendering of the Gestalt of humanity. --Dan Avnon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem"
"Schabert presents an inspiring, learned, wise, and impassioned call to return to the basic facts of human existence, to the basic wisdom of the (s)ages, and to an understanding of politics as a necessary and immanent expression of human creativity. This is Schabert's starting point for a 'Second Birth.' His turn to the thoughtful and experienced origins of contemporary civilization is at once radical and conservative: he evokes the reason of philosophy and the conviction of faith, the freedom of thought and the call of the divine, the crisis of the political hour and the hope of eternal being. I enjoyed this short and wonderfully rich 'feast of thought.' Indeed, I found myself processing Schabert's profound meditation on being and the creativity of politics (and arguing with it!) long after reading this unique rendering of the 'Gestalt of humanity.'"--Dan Avnon, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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