The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought

The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought

By: Nikolas Kompridis (editor)Hardback

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The growing exploration of political life from an aesthetic perspective has become so prominent that we must now speak of an "aesthetic turn" in political thought. But what does it mean and what makes it an aesthetic turn? Why now? This diverse and path-breaking collection of essays answers these questions, provoking new ways to think about the possibilities and debilities of democratic politics. Beginning from the premise that politics is already "aesthetic in principle," the contributions to The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought from some of the world's leading political theorists and philosophers, disclose a distinct set of political problems: the aesthetic problems of modern politics. The aesthetic turn in political thought not only recognizes that these problems are different in kind from the standard problems of politics, it also recognizes that they call for a different kind of theorizing - a theorizing that is itself aesthetic. A major contribution to contemporary theoretical debates, The Aesthetic Turn in Political Thought will be essential reading to anyone interested in the interdisciplinary crossroads of aesthetic and politics.

About Author

Nikolas Kompridis is Research Professor of Philosophy and Political Thought, and Foundation Director of the Institute for Social Justice, Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future (2006) and Philosophical Romanticism (2006).


Turning and returning: the aesthetic turn in political thought NIKOLAS KOMPRIDIS Part I - Aesthetic politics, judgment, and worldly things "Delightful horror": Edmund Burke and the aesthetics of democratic revolution JASON FRANK We feel our freedom: Imagination and judgment in the thought of Hannah Arendt LINDA ZERILLI Arendt, aesthetics, and "the crisis in culture" PATCHEN MARKELL Part II - Poetics, theory, and utopian politics Fanon's decolonial aesthetic LEWIS GORDON Journeys to farther shores: Intersecting movements of poetics, politics and theory beyond utopia LIA HARO AND ROMAND COLES Part III - Receptivity, reinscription, affirmation Recognition and receptivity: Forms of normative response in the lives of the animals we are NIKOLAS KOMPRIDIS For the love of earthly life: Nietzsche and Winnicott between modernism and naturalism MELISSA A. ORLIE Writing a name in the sky: Ranciere, Cavell, and the possibility of egalitarian inscription ALETTA NORVAL Part IV - Aesthetic "seeing as", politics of the "as if" Blankets, screens and projections: Or, the claim of film DAVIDE PANAGIA The aesthetic dimension: Aesthetics, politics, knowledge JACQUES RANCIERE Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781441149954
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9781441149954
  • weight: 664
  • ISBN10: 1441149953

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