The Politics of Aesthetics

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A&C Black, Jun 23, 2006 - Philosophy - 116 pages
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The Politics of Aesthetics rethinks the relationship between art and politics, reclaiming "aesthetics" from the narrow confines it is often reduced to. Jacques Rancière reveals its intrinsic link to politics by analysing what they both have in common: the delimitation of the visible and the invisible, the audible and the inaudible, the thinkable and the unthinkable, the possible and the impossible. 

Presented as a set of inter-linked interviews, The Politics of Aesthetics provides the most comprehensive introduction to Rancière's work to date, ranging across the history of art and politics from the Greek polis to the aesthetic revolution of the modern age.

Already translated into five languages, this English edition of The Politics of Aesthetics includes a new afterword by Slavoj Zizek, an interview for the English edition, a glossary of technical terms and an extensive bibliography.
 

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User Review  - Josephine Ensign - Goodreads

Rethinking the relationship between art and politics, this (blessedly brief) book is dense and fascinating. I think this is the sort of book (at least for me) that is best read once through fairly quickly, then dipped back in to from time to time at a more leisurely pace. Read full review

Review: The Politics of Aesthetics

User Review  - Goodreads

Rethinking the relationship between art and politics, this (blessedly brief) book is dense and fascinating. I think this is the sort of book (at least for me) that is best read once through fairly quickly, then dipped back in to from time to time at a more leisurely pace. Read full review

Contents

Foreword
9
Artistic Regimes and the Shortcomings of the Notion
20
Mechanical Arts and the Promotion of the Anonymous
31
On Art and Work
42
Jacques Ranciere
49
The Lesson of Ranciere
69
Glossary of Technical Terms
80
Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sources
94
Notes
102
Index
109
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About the author (2006)

Jacques Rancière taught at the University of Paris VIII, France, from 1969 to 2000, occupying the Chair of Aesthetics and Politics from 1990 until his retirement.

Gabriel Rockhill is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University, USA. He also teaches at the Centre Parisien d'Etudes Critiques and the Collège International de Philosophie, France. He is the author of Logique de l'histoire: Pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques (Editions Hermann, 2010) and Pour un historicisme radical: Entre esthétique et politique avec Rancière (Editions du Sandre, forthcoming).

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