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On the Shores of Politics

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It is frequently said that we are living through the end of politics, the end of social upheavals, the end of utopian folly. Consensual realism is the order of the day. But political realists, remarks Jacques Ranciere, are always several steps behind reality, and the only thing which may come to an end with their dominance is democracy. ‘We could’, he suggests, ‘merely smi ...more
Paperback, Verso Radical Thinkers, 107 pages
Published January 17th 2007 by Verso (first published 1998)
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Kyle G****
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love that Ranciere totally dunks on Plato.
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Ranci��re first became known in the late fifties and early sixties as a collaborator with, and later a left critic of, Louis Althusser. In the eighties, with the collapse of the Stalinist bureaucracies in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, he accepted, as did many European Marxists, the thesis that the collapse of Stalinism equaled the collapse of Marxism, which equaled the end of the class struggle, and the permanent domination of neo-liberal "democracy". (A view which, in the hindsight of a ...more
Aug 04, 2007 rated it liked it
"Athens has a disease that comes from its port, from the predominance of maritime enterprise governed entirely by profit and survival.... The task of philosophy is to found a different politics, a politics of conversion which turns its back on the sea."

"Utopia is not the elsewhere, nor the future realization of an unfulfilled dream. It is an intellectual construction which brings a place in thought into conjunction with a perceived or perceptible intuitive space."

"By positing a single essence of
Eric Steere
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This has been a great read! Ranciere argues that democracy is not what it claims to be, and that those who practice it are perpetually deluded about what they are doing. The practice of democracy, he goes on, relates all democratic statements to a kind of veiled truth of inequality and exploitation. Further, in its very heterogeneity, as a regime of "multiple accommodations", it is complicit in the reign of the possessive individual, constituting a power that is the inversion of life: "He that f ...more
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So far, this seems like the best introduction to Rancière's ideas–the essays in here are, in some ways, condensations of a couple of his other books, and give additional ways to think about a few of his core ideas.
Jul 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great set of papers on the problems created by a society based on democracy.
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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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