Jacques Rancière, Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics, Steven For Rancière , politics is not a matter of what people receive or demand. Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings together some of Jacques Rancière’s most recent writings on art and politics to show the critical. Translator’s introduction — Preface — Part I: The aesthetics of politics — Ten theses on politics — Does democracy mean something? — Who is.

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On a another level, much of what he writes strikes one as using grandiose verbiage in making some fairly obvious points. Engaging in critique of the instituted divisions, then, paves the way for renewing our interrogations into what we are able to think and to do.

This dissensus is obscured in Hardt xissensus Negri’s adoption of Deleuze’s expressive immanence, and in fact is dismissed as a paranoid reaction. Sign in Create an account. Perhaps his most relevant observation is the way in which the ae What to make of Ranciere? On a very general level, he provides some interesting insights in conceptualizing the concept of the police as a sort of regimented array of the sensible that extends the concept into a very broad term.

This distance is further lessened by their ability, should they have it, to weave esoteric terminology and concepts, and academic literary constructs, within vernacular language.

It is, however, very repetitive in such a way that the experience of reading the book sometimes felt intellectually stultifying to me.

The general purpose of the latter is often ostensibly to provide an introduction to the thinker’s work, but many of these collections often turn out to be hodge-podges of writings with no coherent internal connection whose real goal is rancieee shore up the failing fortunes of a small press. And how do these masses of workers that thinkers like Althusser referred to continuously enter into a relationship with knowledge?


Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics by Jacques Rancière

Translator’s introduction — Preface — Part I: This critical practice of philosophy is an inseparably egalitarian, or anarchistic, practice, since it considers arguments, narratives, testimonies, investigations and metaphors all as the equal inventions of a ranciree capacity in a common language.

What to make of Ranciere? Pedro rated it liked it Jan 13, 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. His argument is premissed on the turn from political concerns to ethical concerns in the way power is exercised in today’s world. Ranciere dissects the origins and practices of politics and its intersection with philosophy poetically. Dec 15, Chris rated it liked it.

For those who seek to get a sense of both the richness and the breadth of the work of one of the most significant thinkers of our time, Dissensus provides a valuable resource.

Return to Book Page. This also requires frequent re-reading, often at the sentence-by-sentence level. Mar 02, Bill Gusky rated it really liked it. The writings gathered here, which date from toperform both tasks admirably. 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. Acknowledgements Editor’s Introduction Part I: Instead, it re-frames the world of common experience as the world of a shared impersonal experience. However, it finds its way back into their thought when they turn toward specific interventions.

Does Democracy Mean Something? It moves on to discussions of his view of democracy and consensus. You can say that that’s the first problem for everybody with every such book written in English as well, but then you’d be downplaying the importance of the vernacular in communicating clearly about these subjects. Estamos situados precisamente en esa bisagra de la finitud infinita que enlaza lo virtual con lo posible, comprometida con el pasaje desde el deseo a un futuro venidero.

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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics

Please note that ebooks are subject to tax and the final price may vary depending on your country of residence. An aesthetic practice, then, like politics, is a dissensus from a given partition of the sensible.

To challenge such a hierarchical order is to act under the presupposition of one’s own equality. Sep disdensus, Gianni rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again.

But if you want any use from Ranciere, it requires re-tethering his concepts with the actual practices how how art and politics actually functions.