• Lebanon: The Necessary Re-Appropriation of History and Conflict

    Author(s):
    Frank Darwiche (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Conflict, Conflict resolution, Heidegger, Middle Eastern history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6KZ9G
    Abstract:
    This article underlines the need to call for a re-appropriation of history and the conflict dimension in Lebanon as the basis for a new departure. This re-appropriation is twofold: one goes back to the founding values, and one beyond the reassertion of such values, questioning the National Pact and Constitution and seeking to reconsider nationhood from the perspective of a new living-together that is meant to found a new history for the country and be the substratum for the emerging of new historical “events”: such living together is to take on a local and thus specific secular formula. The latter must be accompanied by a “productive conflict” acquiring a constant dialectic dimension. This in turn can be seen on various levels, including the religious and socio-economic. Finally, the deconstruction and reconstruction thus effected may only endure if they are accompanied by new shared conceptual complexes that take their departure from reconsiderations of language and textuality pertaining to complexes such as earth-land-homeland-space and the spiritual, all necessitating communicative rationality, in Habermas’s sense.
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