• Perceptual Politics

    Author(s):
    Arnold Berleant (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Aesthetics, Political theory
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    aesthetic politics, aesthetic state, aesthetic sensibility
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/g2td-pg12
    Abstract:
    Moved by the pervasiveness and insistence of political forces in social life, many scholars have been drawn increasingly to recognize the strands of the aesthetic that are woven into its texture. They have gone beyond dealing with the ways that the arts are used in political propaganda and for arousing patriotic feeling. The aesthetic has come to be recognized as a perceptual domain of considerable power and influence, and some analysts have assigned it a crucial place in political theory. Making the aesthetic central in political theory may be surprising, for two such dissimilar domains of thought and experience might seem, at first, difficult to reconcile. Yet the association of aesthetics with politics has been made, and it will be illuminating to look at some applications that assign the aesthetic dimension a critical place in social and political thought. Let me then trace some of the appeals to the aesthetic in founding political theory, first considering Friedrich Schiller before moving into contemporary proposals.
    Notes:
    Chapter 11 in Sensibility and Sense: The Aesthetic Transformation of the Human World (Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2010). ISBN 978-1845401733
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