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Meeting PlaceThe Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816685363

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.001.0001

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Meeting Place
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Paul Carter

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816685363.003.0023

We return to the vexed question of the role Eros plays in sociability (and democracy): without Eros there would be no drive to meet, but Eros also drives apart, fostering competition and imperial violence. These points are illustrated from de Tocqueville’s account of American society, from the rich mythological history of Athens, and are compared with the non-imperialist dynamics of desire evident of border (sea/land) negotiations in Australia. The idea of a ‘different encounter’ involves a self-doubling of the kind James Hillman describes in his account of Pothos.

Keywords:   Eros, Encounter, Public space, Choreography, The common place, Giacometti, Discourse, performance

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