• Sign In
  • Help
  • My Basket0
The books you love, the emails you want
Opt in by 25 May or you'll stop hearing from us
REVIEW NOW
Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics (Hardback)
  • Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics (Hardback)
zoom

Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics (Hardback)

(editor)
£80.99
Hardback 246 Pages / Published: 30/06/2014
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket

Check Marketplace availability

While it is gaining in academic prominence, discussion of the imagination is too often neglected. Society is dangerously unaware of the intimate relationship between culture and politics, ethics and aesthetics. Challenging this, Jay Patrick Starliper examines the imagination through the lens of the work of Peter Viereck and other likeminded thinkers. The result is a philosophical deconstruction that demonstrates why "books are bullets."

In 1941, before Nazi barbarism was public knowledge, a young Peter Viereck published Metapolitics: From Wagner and the German Romantics to Hitler. In it, Viereck attacked the diabolical spiritual foundations of National Socialism. He made the ostensibly absurd claim that a certain shade of romanticism was the ethical foundation of a German revolt against decency. According to Viereck, Nazism was the culmination of over a century and a half of bad culture, the result of an idyllic imagination. Starliper warns that the same diseased imagination that culminated in gas chambers and guillotines is subtly affecting the way millions of people view the world today and that, without the inspiration of an elevated aesthetic, civilization will not survive.

In the spirit of Edmund Burke and Irving Babbitt, Viereck's insight into the ethical and political force of aesthetics provides a much needed critique of contemporary civilization.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412853897
Number of pages: 246
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Jay Starliper brings to light the work of Peter Viereck in a way that emphasizes the connections between aesthetics and politics. His cogently written analysis demonstrates the importance of imagination as the prism through which we interpret reality and the possibilities of life. The book is a much needed addition to the study of politics that is too often focused on institutions and process. Starliper makes a compelling case for why imagination is paramount in the way politics is perceived and conducted. His analysis of Wagnerian romanticism and the rise of Nazism is especially insightful and provides a wonderful illustration of the nexus between imagination and politics."

--Dr. Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst University

"The great merit of Aesthetic Origins is the manner that Starliper puts together numerous leading theories and approaches, sorts through them distinctly, and acknowledges their genuine driving insights. It is highly recommended."

--Review of Contemporary Philosophy


"Jay Starliper brings to light the work of Peter Viereck in a way that emphasizes the connections between aesthetics and politics. His cogently written analysis demonstrates the importance of imagination as the prism through which we interpret reality and the possibilities of life. The book is a much needed addition to the study of politics that is too often focused on institutions and process. Starliper makes a compelling case for why imagination is paramount in the way politics is perceived and conducted. His analysis of Wagnerian romanticism and the rise of Nazism is especially insightful and provides a wonderful illustration of the nexus between imagination and politics."

--Dr. Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst University

"The great merit of Aesthetic Origins is the manner that Starliper puts together numerous leading theories and approaches, sorts through them distinctly, and acknowledges their genuine driving insights. It is highly recommended."

--Review of Contemporary Philosophy


-Jay Starliper brings to light the work of Peter Viereck in a way that emphasizes the connections between aesthetics and politics. His cogently written analysis demonstrates the importance of imagination as the prism through which we interpret reality and the possibilities of life. The book is a much needed addition to the study of politics that is too often focused on institutions and process. Starliper makes a compelling case for why imagination is paramount in the way politics is perceived and conducted. His analysis of Wagnerian romanticism and the rise of Nazism is especially insightful and provides a wonderful illustration of the nexus between imagination and politics.-

--Dr. Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst University

-The great merit of Aesthetic Origins is the manner that Starliper puts together numerous leading theories and approaches, sorts through them distinctly, and acknowledges their genuine driving insights. It is highly recommended.-

--Review of Contemporary Philosophy

You may also be interested in...

Democracy and Its Crisis
Added to basket
The Order of Time
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
Utopia for Realists
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.99
Paperback
Against Empathy
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Ikigai
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Hardback
Skin in the Game
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Enlightenment Now
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Nausea
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
The Path
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Order of Time
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback
12 Rules for Life
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.00
Hardback
In Praise Of Shadows
Added to basket
Become What You Are
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Mothers
Added to basket
£12.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.