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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics

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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings together some of Jacques Rancière's most recent writings on art and politics to show the critical potential of two of his most important concepts: the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics.

In this fascinating collection, Rancière engages in a radical critique of some of his major contemporaries on questions of a
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published February 8th 2010 by Continuum (first published 1995)
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Jul 30, 2011 Phillip rated it really liked it
Ranciere's political thought is really unique, like nothing I've read before. He introduces a distinction between politics (a space of dissensus) and the police (a space of consensus). His argument is premissed on the turn from political concerns to ethical concerns in the way power is exercised in today's world. For example, during the Cold War, the fundamental dissensus was the ideological conflict between capitalism and communism, but with the beginning of the War on Terror period, we have an ...more
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Jul 19, 2010 Jacob Israel Chilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Important, illuminating, less obfuscating than some of his other works, this book is a good introduction to Ranciere's conception of politics (& thus his conception of aesthetics, the structure of which he sees as strictly parallel to that of politics). It is, however, very repetitive in such a way that the experience of reading the book sometimes felt intellectually stultifying to me.
Nov 04, 2009 Sherief rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Disagreement is not the conflict between one who says white and another who says black. It is the conflict between one who says white and another who also says white but does not understand the same thing by it or does not understand that the other is saying the same thing in the name of whiteness."
Jan 28, 2009 Audrey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books on politics that i can imagine, thought definitely not a novel! Ranciere dissects the origins and practices of politics and its intersection with philosophy poetically. It is also fascinating. Recommended for those who follow politics and philosophy
Apr 25, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book shook me from my philosophical slumber for a while. Remains one of my contemporary favorites.
Sep 01, 2014 Lucypeacebone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a babe
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Mar 02, 2013 Bill Gusky rated it really liked it
Whenever I read a book on literary theory or art criticism that was written in another language and translated into English, my first, usually regrettable, task is to discern where the author is really coming from. What's his purpose in writing this, what factors is he responding to, and what is it he's trying to get across? A strong grasp of the writing usually evades me until I have these questions settled at least somewhat.

You can say that that's the first problem for everybody with every su
Aug 13, 2015 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
Discutido en el capítulo 4 de La razón populista

La trama ontológica del Imperio se construye mediante la actividad más allá de toda medida de la multitud y sus poderes virtuales. Estos poderes constitutivos, virtuales, entran en interminable conflicto con los poderes constituidos del Imperio. Y son completamente positivos puesto que su “ser-contra” es un “ser-para”, en otras palabras, una resistencia que se vuelve amor y comunidad. Estamos situados precisamente en esa bisagra de la finitud infi
Mar 04, 2011 Kyle marked it as to-read
Having only read the article on human rights contra Arendt contained in this collection, Ranciere is doing something intriguing with politics. Retaining Arendt's notion of politics as a process or action while dismissing the notion that there are barriers to being able to act is really intriguing. I'm curious to see if the rest of his thought on politics could be described as Arendtian to a degree. Having read this alongside Arendt's material, colleagues wanted to conflate his critique of Arendt ...more
May 13, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
"In this way, it is possible to define a certain dissensual practice of philosophy as an activity of de-classification that undermines all policing of domains and formulas. It does so not for the sole pleasure of deconstructing the master's discourse, but in order to think the lines according to which boundaries and passages are constructed, according to which they are conceivable and modifiable. This critical practice of philosophy is an inseparably egalitarian, or anarchistic, practice, since ...more
Feb 20, 2009 Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A redefinition of politics as agonistic discourse independent of the "police order" which we normally take as "politics."
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Sep 27, 2008 Bradley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aesthesis, what a fancy word.
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Jacques Rancière (born Algiers, 1940) is a French philosopher and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris (St. Denis) who came to prominence when he co-authored Reading Capital (1968), with the Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser.

Rancière contributed to the influential volume Reading "Capital" (though his contribution is not contained in the partial English translation) before
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“Critical art is an art that aims to produce a new perception of the world, and therefore to create a commitment to its transformation. This schema, very simple in appearance, is actually the conjunction of three processes: first, the production of a sensory form of 'strangeness'; second, the development of an awareness of the reason for that strangeness and third, a mobilization of individuals as a result of that awareness.” 18 likes
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