Radical Inclusivity

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Focusing on the idea of ‘inclusion’, the political theorist Carl Schmitt defined the political as the motives and actions that result from our perceptions of who is a friend and who is an enemy. As he puts it,‘the specific political distinction to which political actions and motives can be reduced is that between friend and enemy’(Schmitt, 2007, p. 26). Indeed, the central argument of Schmitt’s The concept of the political is encapsulated in this dichotomy between friend and enemy. However, this dichotomy is neither derived from nor linked to any other; instead, it is independent, and only corresponds to other dichotomies. The notion of inclusion can be rendered in philosopher Jacques Rancière’s terms as the inside-out dichotomy. He uses the concept of le partage du sensible to describe the act of dividing between legitimate and illegitimate persons and forms of activity (Rancière, 2010, p. 60). In this sense, radical inclusivity assumes that the universe is infinite; it assumes progress and constant change–and also a change of hierarchies. There is a horizon of the whole, but there is no process of unification (Kozlowski et al., 2020). On the urban scale, the city is the best environment to test the notion of radical inclusivity, since its space is ‘naturally’used by a diverse range of people.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVADEMECUM: 77 Minor Terms for Writing Urban Places
EditorsKlaske Havik, Kris Pint, Svava Riesto, Henriette Steiner
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherNAi Publishers
ISBN (Print)9789462085763, 9789462085763
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

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