Abstract

The early 1950s revealed that communist regimes too engaged in power politics, leading some in the French left to examine the theoretical requirements for the constitution of a “noncommunist left.” This paper analyses the response of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Paul Ricoeur to their shared diagnosis that the current failings of communist regimes required a reexamination of political difference. Ricoeur’s alternative is to present difference as positive, and overcome mystically. Merleau-Ponty, regards difference as determining the structure of all history as a process of power leading into a renewed concept of universalism: “a principle of universal strife.”

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3222
Print ISSN
0022-5037
Pages
pp. 467-490
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-23
Open Access
No
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