Samuel A. Chambers

in The Lessons of Rancière

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199927210
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980529 | DOI:

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Rancière gives a radical and novel definition of politics, as he redefines all that we normal take for politics—elections, courts, parliaments, bureaucracies—under the category of “the police.” This counterintuitive account of politics has led many commentators to read Rancière in ways similar to the standard, “territorial” reading of Hannah Arendt: they take Rancière to be giving an account of the unique sphere of politics, and thus they see his vision of politics as pure. Writing against this trend, this chapter take seriously Rancière's claim that there can be no pure politics whatsoever (and his attendant claim that political philosophy seeks the elimination of politics). Politics is an act of impurity, and the emergence of democratic politics cannot occur in its own sphere but only within the very regimes of policing that make up the world.

Keywords: pure politics; arendt; political philosophy; politics; the political

Chapter.  13732 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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