The Aesthetic Imperative

The Aesthetic Imperative : Writings on Art

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  • Electronic book text | 300 pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 074569988X
  • 9780745699882

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"The Aesthetic Imperative crystalizes and intensifies the already formidable force of Sloterdijk's corpus. By working through the history of philosophy we discover that the bourgeois subject's capacity to discern the beautiful is at once an art of self-formation and a beautiful form of the self. This is not one more book on the relation between art and politics: it redefines the polity as a singular account of a beauty beyond art, and redefines the aesthetic by way of a subjectivity that is on its way to being political." Claire Colebrook, Penn State University "Should we be so surprised today that what has celebrated itself as democracy has not delivered on its promises for justice? The Aesthetic Imperative locates a terrorizing and joyous demand for unification and harmony at the heart of bourgeois subjectivity. This is not one more book about the relation between art and politics; it is an indictment of the civilized song of the sirens that has always drowned out the utterly ugly impolitics of discord." Claire Colebrook, Penn State Universityshow more

About Peter Sloterdijk

Peter Sloterdijk is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Karlsruhe School of Design and the author of many works, including You Must Change Your Life.show more

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