Hannah Arendt’s Aesthetic Politics

Freedom and the Beautiful

Authors: Josefson, Jim

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  • Presents a unique and unorthodox analysis of Hannah Arendt's politics
  • Offers a new reading of Arendt’s theory of judgment, suggesting that her non-metaphysical reading of Kant is wholly defensible
  • Appeals to scholars not just in political theory, but also in law, history, philosophy, sociology, education, literary criticism, and anthropology 
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We face a crisis of public reason. Our quest for a politics that is free, moral and rational has, somehow, made it hard for us to move, to change our positions, to visit places and perspectives that are not our own, and to embrace reality. This book addresses this crisis with a model of public reason based in a new aesthetic reading of Hannah Arendt’s political theory. It begins by telling the story of Arendt’s engagement with the Augenblicke of Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, Kafka and Benjamin, in order to identify her own aesthetic Moment. Josefson then explicates this Moment, what he calls the freedom of the beautiful, as a third face of freedom on par with Arendt’s familiar freedoms of action and the life of the mind. He shows how this freedom, rooted in Jaspers’s phenomenology and a non-metaphysical reading of Kant, serves to redress the world-alienation that was a uniting theme across Arendt’s works. Ultimately, this volume aims to challenge orthodox accounts of Arendtian politics, presenting Arendt’s aesthetic politics as a radically new model of republicanism and as an alternative to political liberal, deliberative and agonistic models of public reason. 

 

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Jim Josefson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater College, USA. His publications have appeared in Philosophy & Social Criticism, Party Politics and PS: Political Science & Politics. Josefson presents his reading of Arendt for a general audience in the Political Philosophy in The Moment: Narratives of Freedom from Plato to Arendt.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Hannah Arendt’s Aesthetic Politics
Book Subtitle
Freedom and the Beautiful
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-18692-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-18692-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-18691-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 307
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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