Hannah Arendt and the Recreation of the Public Space at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Border

Maximiliano Gutierrez, University of Texas at El Paso


Arendt’s philosophy is essentially phenomenological, especially her concept of the world of appearances in which everything manifests itself to human begins with those who share this space. Her phenomenological approach to philosophy enables us to shed light on the realm of public affairs, namely, being born, plurality, and specifically I argue, immigration. In this case I am referring to immigration in its most general meaning, that is, to the act of moving into another country and, thereby, leaving one’s own private space in their former country. In order to best understand this phenomenological approach, it is necessary to understand Arendt’s way of analyzing humans and what they are doing. While immigration is not the same today than during her time she did personally experience that phenomenon by becoming a refugee and an émigré herself. This makes her philosophy much more relevant for my phenomenological-ethics analysis of the U.S./Mexico border and immigration, specifically the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Border.

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Recommended Citation

Gutierrez, Maximiliano, "Hannah Arendt and the Recreation of the Public Space at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Border" (2022). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI29211330.