Elena Sofia Arpe

The political task of distraction

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Starting from the common idea of distraction being a negative attitude, this article takes a cue from a recent analysis made by Alessandra Aloisi to redeem its meaning. Referencing the philosophy of Martin Heidegger, we want to prove how distraction happens to be a consequence of boredom and defines what Oskar Becker called adventure, a condition that merges the concept of being-toward-death with what we will refer to as being-toward-life. Thus, we want to prove that the vision of a distracted human being is more profound and pointed than a solely comprehensive vision, since it permits what Giorgio Agamben calls profanation. Finally, we will show how distraction is responsible for the opening of the landscape, the overcoming of the animal environment and the human world.


  • Distraction
  • Boredom
  • Animal
  • Adventure
  • Profanation


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