Disagreement

Disagreement : Politics and Philosophy

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-Is there any such thing as political philosophy?- So begins this provocative book by one of the foremost figures in Continental thought. Here, Jacques Ranciere brings a new and highly useful set of terms to the vexed debate about political effectiveness and -the end of politics.- What precisely is at stake in the relationship between -philosophy- and the adjective -political-? In Disagreement, Ranciere explores the apparent contradiction between these terms and reveals the uneasy meaning of their union in the phrase -political philosophy---a juncture related to age-old attempts in philosophy to answer Plato's devaluing of politics as a -democratic egalitarian- process. According to Ranciere, the phrase also expresses the paradox of politics itself: the absence of a proper foundation. Politics, he argues, begins when the -demos- (the -excessive- or unrepresented part of society) seeks to disrupt the order of domination and distribution of goods -naturalized- by police and legal institutions. In addition, the notion of -equality- operates as a game of contestation that constantly substitutes litigation for political action and community. This game, Ranciere maintains, operates by a primary logic of -misunderstanding.- In turn, political philosophy has always tried to substitute the -politics of truth- for the politics of appearances. Disagreement investigates the various transformations of this regime of -truth- and their effects on practical politics. Ranciere then distinguishes what we mean by -democracy- from the practices of a consensual system in order to unravel the ramifications of the fashionable phrase -the end of politics.- His conclusions will be of interest to readers concerned with political questions from the broadest to the most specific and local.show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 204.12g
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • Minnesota, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0816628459
  • 9780816628452
  • 129,031
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