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Politics, he writes, is an action founded in an objective choice based on available facts and events. ” What was Merleau-Ponty’s intention in July 1953? ” For Sartre this intention seems merely empirical; it is the need to possess more facts, and is, therefore, fundamentally problematic since we never possess total knowledge of all historical conditions. We always make choices in the absence of full knowledge and, moreover, we cannot invoke philosophical ref lexion when we are called to react to what is urgent and immediate.

Real cases of violence have saturated the media with daily reports of urban crimes appearing on the television and in newspapers and becoming a marked feature of the country’s cinematic production and its literature. This media saturation of violence contradicts a key image of Brazil’s foundational myth, one that is still perpetuated on a daily basis: that of its non-violence. ” How is it possible for this myth of Brazil’s nonviolence to exist in the face of the dissemination of real-life violence, asks Chauí.

This separation led to the concealment of the material determination of reality, inverting the real relationship between the socioeconomic materiality and the spiritual, and because of this, it bestowed the latter with the power to produce reality and the march of history. Painfully conquered by modern rationality, independence was transformed into a powerful specter, the belief that ideas determine the movement of history or are the motor of history. Concealing the historical determination of knowledge, the social division of classes, economic exploitation, and political control, ideas become abstract representations, images that the dominant class possesses of itself and that are extended to all social classes in all epochs.

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