The Aesthetico-Political: The Question of Democracy in Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, and Ranciere (Hardback)Martin Plot (author)
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 403 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
The political dimension of Merleau-Ponty's aesthetic and its implications for contemporary democratic thought have been little understood. Not only does Plot's improvisation on Merleau-Ponty's radical notion of the flesh, as distinct from body, contribute to remedying that situation, it also explains its importance for radical thought that interrogates the relation between modernity, the political and democracy. Through a 'coherent deformation' Plot's book establishes the basis of the problematic of radical democracy and demonstrates its limits. * Jeremy Valentine, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK *
Just when one begins to think that there is not much new that can be said of the democratic insights at work in the thinking of Merleau-Ponty, Arendt, Lefort, and Ranciere, along comes Plot's original, insightful, and nuanced reading of these thinkers. Critical of democracy, but not dismissive of it, Plot provides a provocative, thoughtful, and extensive argument for democracy's reliance on an aesthetic dimension. This is an indispensable book for anyone working on the question of democracy today. * Peg Birmingham, Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, US *
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