In Designing Social Equality, Mark Foster Gage proposes a dramatic realignment between aesthetic thought, politics, social equality, and the design of our physical world. By reconsidering historic concepts from aesthetic philosophy and weaving them with emerging intellectual positions from a variety of disciplines, he sets out to design a more encompassing social theory for how humanity perceives its very reality, and how it might begin to more justly define that reality through new ways of reconsidering the built environment.
Introduction 1. The Aesthetic Turn 2. The Politics of the Unknown 3. Aesthetic Distances Defined 4. From the Critical to the Speculative 5. Axiomatic Equality 6. Hierarchy and the Problem of the Privleged Observer 7. Race, Gender and the Politics of Omission 8. Philosophy and the Aesthetics of Social Engagement 9. The Equity of Equidistance10. Strangely Equal 11. The Invitation of Curiosity 12. From Sustainability to Dark Ecology 13. Revising Practice and Pedagogy 14. The Death of Disciplinarity 15. Beyond Prattle Acknowledgements