• Aesthetics and Its Discontents See large image

    Aesthetics and Its Discontents (Paperback) By (author) Jacques Ranciere

    $18.04 - Save $7.70 29% off - RRP $25.74 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 3 business days
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    Also available in...
    Hardback $70.69

    DescriptionTranslated by Steven Corcoran Only yesterday aesthetics stood accused of concealing cultural games of social distinction. Now it is considered a parasitic discourse from which artistic practices must be freed. But aesthetics is not a discourse. It is an historical regime of the identification of art. This regime is paradoxical, because it founds the autonomy of art only at the price of suppressing the boundaries separating its practices and its objects from those of everyday life and of making free aesthetic play into the promise of a new revolution. Aesthetics is not a politics by accident but in essence. But this politics operates in the unresolved tension between two opposed forms of politics: the first consists in transforming art into forms of collective life, the second in preserving from all forms of militant or commercial compromise the autonomy that makes it a promise of emancipation. This constitutive tension sheds light on the paradoxes and transformations of critical art. It also makes it possible to understand why today's calls to free art from aesthetics are misguided and lead to a smothering of both aesthetics and politics in ethics.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for Aesthetics and Its Discontents

    Title
    Aesthetics and Its Discontents
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jacques Ranciere
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 214 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780745646312
    ISBN 10: 074564631X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25220
    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    LC classification: BD
    DC22: 701.17
    BISAC V2.8: PHI001000
    BIC subject category V2: HPN
    DC22: 111.85
    Abridged Dewey: 111
    Thema V1.0: QDTN
    Publisher
    Polity Press
    Imprint name
    Polity Press
    Publication date
    24 August 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Jacques Ranciere is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris (St. Denis).
    Review quote
    "Riveting. In short compass, Ranciere provides a razor-sharp critique of the anti-aesthetics of postmodernism. His ear for the substitution of political substance by empty moralism call it: the sublime, the unpresentable, the other, the Shoah is unerring. His dissections of Badiou, Lyotard, von Trier's Dogville , and a Christian Boltanski installation are pitch-perfect. For a pointed defense of the role of aesthetics for a radical politics: begin here." Jay Bernstein, New School for Social Research "Jacques Ranciere's Aesthetics and its Discontents mounts a subtle and spirited defense of modern aesthetic thought, from Schiller to Adorno. Aesthetics is not philosophy seeking to dominate art, as its modish detractors claim. Rather, it is the attempt to think through the artwork's paradoxes and contradictions. In a forceful critique of rival thinkers such as Lyotard and Badiou, Ranciere shows that abandoning aesthetic discourse does not mean respecting the integrity of art. Instead, art ends up being reduced to the vehicle of a remorseless ethical demand, or to the cipher of a transcendent truth." Peter Dews, University of Essex
    Back cover copy
    Translated by Steven CorcoranOnly yesterday aesthetics stood accused of concealing cultural games of social distinction. Now it is considered a parasitic discourse from which artistic practices must be freed.But aesthetics is not a discourse. It is an historical regime of the identification of art. This regime is paradoxical, because it founds the autonomy of art only at the price of suppressing the boundaries separating its practices and its objects from those of everyday life and of making free aesthetic play into the promise of a new revolution.Aesthetics is not a politics by accident but in essence. But this politics operates in the unresolved tension between two opposed forms of politics: the first consists in transforming art into forms of collective life, the second in preserving from all forms of militant or commercial compromise the autonomy that makes it a promise of emancipation.This constitutive tension sheds light on the paradoxes and transformations of critical art. It also makes it possible to understand why today's calls to free art from aesthetics are misguided and lead to a smothering of both aesthetics and politics in ethics.
    Table of contents
    Introduction Politics of Aesthetics Aesthetics as Politics Problems and Transformations of Critical Art The Antinomies of Modernism Alain Badiou's Inaesthetics: the Torsions of Modernism Lyotard and the Aesthetics of the Sublime: A Counter-reading of Kant The Ethical Turn in Aesthetics and Politics