Jacques Ranciere (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

Jacques Ranciere (Key Contemporary Thinkers)

By: Oliver Davis (author)Paperback

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This book is a critical introduction to contemporary Frenchphilosopher Jacques Ranciere. It is the first introduction inany language to cover all of his major work and offers anaccessible presentation and searching evaluation of his significantcontributions to the fields of politics, pedagogy, history,literature, film theory and aesthetics. This book traces the emergence of Ranciere's thoughtover the last forty-five years and situates it in the diverseintellectual contexts in which it intervenes. Beginning with hisegalitarian critique of his former teacher Louis Althusser, thebook tracks the subsequent elaboration of Ranciere'shighly original conception of equality. This approach reveals thata grasp of his early archival and historiographical work is vitalfor a full understanding both of his later politics and his ongoinginvestigation of art and aesthetics. Along the way, this book explains and analyses key terms inRanciere's very distinctive philosophical lexicon,including the 'police' order,'disagreement', 'political subjectivation','literarity', the 'part which has no part',the 'regimes of art' and 'the distribution of thesensory'. This book argues that Ranciere's work sets a newstandard in contestatory critique and concludes by reflecting onthe philosophical and policy implications of his singular project.

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Oliver Davis is Assistant Professor of French Studies at the University of Warwick.


Preface vii

Acknowledgements xiii

1 The Early Politics: From Pedagogy to Equality 1

Althusser's lesson 2

Platonic inequality in Marx, Sartre and Bourdieu 15

Jacotot and radical equality 25

2 History and Historiography 36

Les Revoltes Logiques (1975 81) 36

The Nights of Labor: The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-CenturyFrance [1981] 52

The Names of History: On the Poetics of Knowledge [1992]57

Conclusion 72

3 The Mature Politics: From Policing to Democracy 74

Politics and 'the police' 76

Ranciere's structural account of democracy: the 'wrong' andthe miscount 80

Political 'subjectivation' 84

The aesthetic dimension of politics: the 'division' or'distribution' of 'the sensory' (le partage du sensible) 90

Overall assessment of Ranciere's account of politics 92

4 Literature 101

'What is literature?' 102

Writing, literarity ... and literature 107

Ranciere as reader 115

5 Art and Aesthetics 126

Aesthetic experience and equality: with Kant and Gauny, againstBourdieu 128

The regimes of art 134

Film and film theory 138

Contemporary art, politics and community 152

Afterword 160

Notes 162

References 191

Index 207

Product Details

  • publication date: 03/09/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780745646558
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780745646558
  • weight: 342
  • ISBN10: 0745646557

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