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Politics and Recognition
Towards a New Political Aesthetics

ISBN 9780367277215
Published February 13, 2020 by Routledge
204 Pages

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This book outlines a new conception of political aesthetics based on the notion of order as an aesthetic category pertaining to human perception. Engaging with the thought of a range of figures, including Veblen, Honneth, Foucault, Popper, and MacIntyre, it explores the nature of political aesthetics as an enquiry into the ways in which politics and our perceptions shape one another and our moral choices. Moving beyond the consideration of politics as a matter of perception, the author employs the concept of recognition to shed fresh light on the normative dimensions of politics, before presenting a series of case studies designed to show the utility of this conception of political aesthetics for explaining contemporary urban social phenomena and political conflicts. As such, Politics and Recognition will appeal to sociologists, philosophers, and political social theorists.

Table of Contents



Editorial note

Part One: Philosophy and Recognition

  1. Order, Philosophy, and Recognition
  2. Order in Politics
  3. Politics and Aesthetics
  4. Duty and Beauty
  5. Two Concepts of Recognition

Part Two: Politics and Recognition

6. Moral Agency and Political Commitment

7. Faith and Fallibilism

8. Ostentation and Agoraphobia

9. The City Different in the Land of Enchantment

10. Thieves of the Spectacle


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Adam Chmielewski is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław, Poland. His research interests lie in social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, philosophy of science, and philosophy of urbanism. He has written books and articles on Karl Popper’s philosophy of science, the problem of relativism, and contemporary issues in political philosophy, and is the founding editor of the philosophical quarterly Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia. As a social and cultural activist, he put together a victorious bid for the city of Wrocław for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016, and has worked as a cultural advisor for several European municipalities.