Politics and Recognition: Towards a New Political Aesthetics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Politics and Recognition

Towards a New Political Aesthetics, 1st Edition

By Adam Chmielewski


240 pages

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Hardback: 9780367277215
pub: 2020-03-20
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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


About the Author

Adam Chmielewski is Professor of Social and Political Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Wroclaw, 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 Wroclaw for the title of European Capital of Culture 2016, and has worked as a cultural advisor for several European municipalities.

About the Series

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General