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Aesthetics Equals Politics


New Discourses across Art, Architecture, and Philosophy

Edited by Mark Foster Gage (/contributors/mark-foster-gage)

How aesthetics—understood as a more encompassing framework for human activity—


might become the primary discourse for political and social engagement.

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At a time of rapid technological change, increasing economic inequality, and


looming climate catastrophe, our usual concepts and categories no longer
seem adequate. When our intuitions and experiences outrun our understanding,
we can only turn to aesthetics. This volume examines, from a variety of
perspectives, the new urgency of aesthetic speculation in architecture, in the
arts more generally, and indeed in everyday life.
Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English, Wayne State University

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How aesthetics—understood as a more encompassing framework for human activit
for political and social engagement.

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These essays make the case for a reignited understanding of aesthetics—one that ca
superficial, but as a more encompassing framework for human activity. Such an aesthe
become the primary discourse for political and social engagement. Departing from the
artists and theorists who embraced a counter-aesthetic framework for political engag
understanding of aesthetics can offer insights into our relationships not only with obje
but also with each other and the political structures in which we are all enmeshed.

The contributors—philosophers, media theorists, artists, curators, writers and architec


Jacques Rancière, Graham Harman, and Elaine Scarry—build a compelling framework
opens with a conversation in which Rancière tells the volume's editor, Mark Foster Gag
experience of a common world.” The essays following discuss such topics as the perc
epistemology, and aesthetics as the “first philosophy”; Afrofuturism; Xenofeminism; ph
alienation; and the unbearable lightness of current creative discourse.

Contributors Mark Foster Gage, Jacques Rancière, Elaine Scarry, Graham Harman, Ti
Michael Young, Nettrice R. Gaskins, Roger Rothman, Diann Bauer, Matt Shaw, Albena Y
Kallipoliti, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Rhett Russo, Peggy Deamer, Caroline Picard

Matt Shaw, Managing Editor

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$34.95 T | £27.00
ISBN: 9780262039437
328 pp. | 6 in x 9 in
44 b&w illus.
April 2019

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