Philosophizing the Everyday

Philosophizing the Everyday : Revolutionary Praxis and the Fate of Cultural Theory

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After modernism and postmodernism, it is argued, the everyday supposedly is where a democracy of taste is brought into being - the place where art goes to recover its customary and collective pleasures, and where the shared pleasures of popular culture are indulged, from celebrity magazines to shopping malls.John Roberts argues that this understanding of the everyday downgrades its revolutionary meaning and philosophical implications. Bringing radical political theory back to the centre of the discussion, he shows how notions of cultural democratization have been oversimplified. Asserting that the everyday should not be narrowly identified with the popular, Roberts critiques the way in which the concept is now overly associated with consumption and 'ordinariness'.Engaging with the work of key thinkers including, Lukacs, Arvatov, Benjamin, Lefebvre, Gramsci, Barthes, Vaneigem, and de Certeau, Roberts shows how the concept of the everyday continues to be central to debates on ideology, revolution and praxis. He offers a lucid account of different approaches that developed over the course of the twentieth century, making this an ideal book for anyone looking for a politicised approach to cultural theory.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 136 x 214 x 16mm | 340.2g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0745324118
  • 9780745324111
  • 1,388,895

About John Roberts

John Roberts is Professor of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of a number of books, including The Intangibilities of Form: Skill and Deskilling in Art After the Readymade (Verso, 2007), Philosophising the Everyday (Pluto 2006) and Revolutionary Time and the Avant-Garde (Verso, 2016).show more

Table of contents

Preface Prologue: Dangerous Memories 1. The Everyday and the Philosophy of Praxis 2. The Everyday as Trace and Remainder 3. Lefebvre's Dialectical Irony: Marx and the Everyday Epilogue Notes Bibliography Indexshow more

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