Politics and Recognition: Towards a New Political Aesthetics

1st Edition

Adam Chmielewski

March 20, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 240 Pages
ISBN 9780367277215 - CAT# 306037
Series: Classical and Contemporary Social Theory


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This book outlines a new conception of political aesthetics based on the notion of order as an aesthetic category pertaining to human perception. Engaging with the thought of a range of figures, including Veblen, Honneth, Foucault, Popper and MacIntyre, it explores the nature of political aesthetics as an enquiry into the ways in which politics and our perceptions shape one another and our moral choices. Moving beyond the consideration of politics as a matter of perception, the author employs the concept of recognition to shed fresh light on the normative dimensions of politics, before presenting a series of case studies designed to show the utility of this conception of political aesthetics for explaining contemporary urban social phenomena and political conflicts. As such, Politics and Recognition will appeal to sociologists, philosophers and political social theorists.

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