La quête du sens: Action et argumentation

Translated title of the contribution: The quest of sense: Action and argumentation

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The category of Action, being thelast of the material categories predicted by Eric Weil in his Logique de la Philosophie, constitutes the discursive center of our time, subjecting allother discourses to the idea of a history reoriented by the formal category of Meaning, in which violence proves to be insensate and the individual revoltloses its reason for being. It becomes clear, then, that such a perspectivesupposes the progressive decline of the warlike politics, to allow the historyof an effective freedom. However, notwithstanding the many improvements, thisequation is not only slow to materialize, as our age is increasingly marked byuncontrolled and uncontrollable violence. How should we understand this stateof affairs? The hypothesis we intend to stress is that Action presupposes a setof conditions that makes it particularly vulnerable either to the generalizedincomprehension of its ends or to the intervention of other categoricaldiscourses with their alternative worldviews. To this end, we analyzeextensively the logic of the category and of the attitude that it involves,stressing the constitutive fragility of its rationality, which requires, as asine qua non condition, what we suggest being a democracy of meaning.
Translated title of the contributionThe quest of sense: Action and argumentation
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)587-606
Number of pages20
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Action
  • Contemporary politics
  • Democracy
  • Eric Weil
  • Meaning
  • Resumptions


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