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Vol. 5 No. 2 (2022): Dwelling in the Contemporary Condition

A Livable Life? An Inhabitable World? Scheler on the Tragic

  • Judith Butler
February 9, 2023


The question of what makes a life livable is linked with the question, what makes for an inhabitable world. This last was not Scheler’s question, but it follows from the world that he describes, the world that he claims is exhibited through the tragic. When the world is an object immersed in sorrow, how is it possible to inhabit such a world? What about the persistence of uninhabitable sorrow? The answer lies less in individual conduct or practice than in the forms of solidarity that emerge, across whatever distance, to produce the conditions for inhabiting the world.