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Egalitarian Moments : From Descartes to Rancière (Hardcover) (Devin Zane Shaw)
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Jacques Rancière's work has challenged many of the assumptions of contemporary continental philosophy by placing equality at the forefront of emancipatory political thought and aesthetics. Drawing on the claim that egalitarian politics persistently appropriates elements from political philosophy to engage new forms of dissensus, Devin Zane Shaw argues that Rancière's work also provides an opportunity to reconsider modern philosophy and aesthetics in light of the question of equality. In Part I, Shaw examines Rancière's philosophical debts to the 'good sense' of Cartesian egalitarianism and the existentialist critique of identity. In Part II, he outlines Rancière's critical analyses of Walter Benjamin and Clement Greenberg and offers a reinterpretation of Rancière's debate with Alain Badiou in light of the philosophical differences between Schiller and Schelling.
From engaging debates about political subjectivity from Descartes to Sartre, to delineating the egalitarian stakes in aesthetics and the philosophy of art from Schiller to Badiou, this book presents a concise tour through a series of egalitarian moments found within the histories of modern philosophy and aesthetics.
From the Cartesian bonsens, through the aesthetics of Schiller and Benjamin, to an important revaluation of existentialism and Marxism, this is a concise tour through the subterranean currents of the history of egalitarianism.
The first book to reconstruct Rancière's relationship to Cartesianism and existentialism, and his ideas of equality in relation to aesthetics and politics, this is essential reading for students of philosophy, studying continental philosophy, aesthetics, cultural theory and cultural studies.