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Thinking Politics with Jacques Rancière

Todd May

in Contemporary Political Movements and the Thought of Jacques Rancière

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639823
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639823.003.0001
Thinking Politics with Jacques Rancière

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This book is about democracy. It attempts to consider how to think about democracy and the obstacles to hope. There is an elitism at the heart of philosophical reflection on democracy. The politics of traditional liberalism confirm a hierarchical view of society in which the members of that society are thought as individuals pursuing disparate and unrelated ends that the state helps them more or less to achieve. The idea of Jacques Rancière forms the framework of this book. Rancière's political and aesthetic views are beginning to hold in political thought in the English-speaking world. The distinction he draws between the police and politics is not drawn simply along the normatively bad-normatively good axis. His approach to politics cannot be absorbed into liberal theory. All of the central aspects of Rancière's depiction of democracy are presented. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally given.

Keywords: democracy; Jacques Rancière; police; politics; traditional liberalism; liberal theory

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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