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On the Shores of Politics (Phronesis)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780860916376
Heron, Liz:
Heron, Liz
Author:
Heron, Liz
Author:
Ranciere, Jacques
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London ; New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Practical Politics
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
Post-communism
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
General Political Science
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Phronesis Series
Series Volume:
J
Publication Date:
19950917
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
108
Dimensions:
8.50x5.36x.38 in. .40 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies

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