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Mapping utopias: a voyage to placelessness

Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Andreas (2001) Mapping utopias: a voyage to placelessness. Law and Critique, 12 (2). pp. 135-157. ISSN 0957-8536

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1017948214997

Abstract

I have a map which indicates clearly and beyond any doubt the way to Utopia. I start the journey with a survival kit of paradigmatic egalities, noumenal legalities, and nervous ideals. However, the more I move into the uncartographied space, the more I realise that my survival kit is changing, to the point of becoming porous and permeable. The journey to Utopia is condensed to a log of phenomenological bracketing, where the immersion to the Lebenswelt equals the loss of oneself, and where the descent from the Transcendental to the Natural proves to be as meaningful as the escalating bracketing from the Natural to the Transcendental. The negation of Utopia (ou-topos) displaces not only my Utopia but also my egocentric quest for identity: the 'I' becomes 'me' before it vanishes, space becomes place, intentionality turns back to itself and retraces its path. The more I approach my destination, the more negation devours distance. When I finally arrive to the designated point, where, according to the map, lies Utopia, the only thing I discover is a map, identical to the one I hold, that indicates, clearly and beyond any doubt, the way to Utopia.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Law, School of
ID Code:3970
Deposited On:23 May 2007
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