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On the Shores of Politics By Jacques Ranciere

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Gives politics the following meaning: the organization of dissent.

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On the Shores of Politics by Jacques Ranciere

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 smile at the duplicity of the conclusion/suppression of politics which is simultaneously a suppression/conclusion of philosophy.' This is precisely the task which Ranciere undertakes in these subtle and perceptive essays. He argues persuasively that since Plato and Aristotle politics has always constructed itself as the art of ending politics, that realism is itself utopian, and that what has succeeded the polemical forms of class struggle is not the wisdom of a new millennium but the return of old fears, criminality and chaos. Whether he is discussing the confrontation between Mitterrand and Chirac, French working-class discourse after the 1830 revolution, or the ideology of recent student mobilizations, his aim is to restore philosophy to politics and give politics back its original and necessary meaning: the organization of dissent.

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"Ranciere's writings offer one of the few consistent conceptualizations of how we are to continue to resist." - Slavoj Zizek"

About Jacques Ranciere


Jacques Raciere is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII. His books include The Politics of Aesthetics, Short Voyages to the Land of the People and The Nights of Labor. His Hatred of Democracy is forthcoming from Verso.

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GOR002171041
On the Shores of Politics by Jacques Ranciere
Jacques Ranciere
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Verso Books
2006-12-14
107
1844675777
9781844675777
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