On the Shores of Politics

Front Cover
Verso, 1995 - Political Science - 107 pages
2 Reviews
It is frequently said that we are living through the end of politics, the end of social upheavals, the end of utopian folly. Consensual realism is the order of the day. But political realists, remarks Jacques Ranciere, are always several steps behind reality, and the only thing which may come to an end with their dominance is democracy. 'We could', he suggests, 'merely smile at the duplicity of the conclusion/suppression of politics which is simultaneously a suppression/conclusion of philosophy.'

This is precisely the task which Ranciere undertakes in these subtle and perceptive essays. He argues persuasively that since Plato and Aristotle politics has always constructed itself as the art of ending politics, that realism is itself utopian, and that what has succeeded the polemical forms of class struggle is not the wisdom of a new millennium but the return of old fears, criminality and chaos. Whether he is discussing the confrontation between Mitterrand and Chirac, French working-class discourse after the 1830 revolution, or the ideology of recent student mobilizations, his aim is to restore philosophy to politics and give politics back its original and necessary meaning: the organization of dissent.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: On the Shores of Politics

User Review  - Bernie - Goodreads

A great set of papers on the problems created by a society based on democracy. Read full review

Review: On the Shores of Politics

User Review  - Javier - Goodreads

"Athens has a disease that comes from its port, from the predominance of maritime enterprise governed entirely by profit and survival.... The task of philosophy is to found a different politics, a ... Read full review

Contents

The Uses of Democracy
39
The Community of Equals
63
Democracy Corrected
93
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1995)

Jacques Rancière is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, On the Shores of Politics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People, The Nights of Labor, Staging the People, and The Emancipated Spectator.

Bibliographic information