This chapter argues that politics, and in particular modern politics, has always been imaginal. More specifically, it shows why politics, both in the largest and the strictest understanding of the term, depends on the imaginal. Politics coincides with the sphere of public life and therefore includes all that concerns the social and the political. Hence, politics depends on the imaginal because it is only by imagining it that a public comes into being. This holds for large communities such as modern states, but also for small ones. This chapter also considers the concept of persona, or “person,” a general category indicating every human being independently of the physical differences between them, and the development of the modern concept of juridical personality. Finally, it examines the link between the modern notion of sovereignty and the imaginal and Hannah Arendt's understanding of the interrelationships between politics, imagination, and the imaginal.
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