Analysis Of ' For Rose The Polis ' Essay

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For Rose the polis provides a space where we can only understand our self in relation to the Other – neglecting the uneasy work of navigating the space between oppositions. The legitimate authority which differentiates between the individual and the city results in the diremption between the individual and the political. Yet for Rose, the individual is the political. It is too easy to view the world through these deceptive dualisms – ‘individual versus community, mind versus world’ (). Only by reconciling the reflection of the soul within the city can we mend the broken middle, by encouraging the difficult work of mourning. Too often the city of Jerusalem is presented as the ‘sublime other’ of modernity’s atrocities, by emphasizing ethics and community becomes problematic, something ‘dangerously distorted and idealised’ (Rose, 1996: 26). Rather than finding comfort in Athens or Jerusalem, she encourages an uneasy, anxiety-filled journey to the third city, to New Jerusalem: ‘an imaginary community…dedicated to difference…which overcomes the fusion of knowledge and power in Old Athens’ (Rose, 1996: 21). Rose suggests the political work of mourning should be intimately woven intensely personal reflection. For Rose, the soul suspends the political – and the memories of the political towards comprehension, towards ‘understanding the intensity of subjectivity by denouncing the sentimental and sacred within the boundaries of the city’ (1996: 10).

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