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Transparency, Society and Subjectivity

Critical Perspectives

Editors: Alloa, Emmanuel, Thomä, Dieter (Eds.)

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  • Features the work of a stellar list of contributors, including material from Umberto Eco
  • Mixes historical, theoretical, and empirically-grounded chapters with advanced scholarship – ensuring it is of relevance to both the uninitiated and the experienced academic
  • Furthers scholarship in this growing, cross-disciplinary field and will have an increasing impact on numerous related research agendas
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This book critically engages with the idea of transparency whose ubiquitous demand stands in stark contrast to its lack of conceptual clarity. The book carefully examines this notion in its own right, traces its emergence in Early Modernity and analyzes its omnipresence in contemporary rhetoric. Today, transparency has become a catchword outplaying other Enlightenment values like empowerment, sincerity and the notion of a public sphere. In a suspicious manner, transparency is entangled in the discourses on power, surveillance, and self-exposure. Bringing together prominent scholars from the emerging field of Critical Transparency Studies, the book offers a map of the various sites at which transparency has become virulent and connects the dots between past and present. By studying its appearances in today’s hyper-mediated economies of information and by linking it back to its historical roots, the book analyzes transparency and its discontents, and scrutinizes the reasons why it has become the imperative of a supposedly post-ideological age.

About the authors

Emmanuel Alloa is Research Leader in Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and teaches aesthetics at the University of Paris 8. His work is located at the intersection of continental philosophy, aesthetics and social theory. He is the author of Resistance of the Sensible World. An Introduction to Merleau-Ponty (2017).

Dieter Thomä is Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland,  and the author of Troublemakers: A Philosophy of “puer robustus” (2019). He specializes in political philosophy, aesthetics and phenomenology, and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the Getty Research Institute.

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“Incessantly invoked as a necessary condition of all aspects of democratic life, transparency is being hailed as a top priority in public management, corporate business, and international relations. But the more we critically examine what transparency actually means, the more it emerges as an opaque, and perhaps even occluding, concept. By offering a bold and comprehensive picture of the new field of Critical Transparency Studies, this collection of essays is certain to become the standard reference for years to come.” (Giovanna Borradori, Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College, USA)

“This important collection historicizes and criticizes transparency, one of neoliberalism’s most ubiquitous norms. As the contributors draw out the normative presumptions of the concept, they alert us to its regulatory effects, its implications for surveillance and subjectivation. Rather than an ideal of democratic freedom, transparency mobilizes distrust and commands exposure. Crucial reading for anyone interested in critical assessment of our present values. ” (Jodi Dean, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, USA, and author of Publicity's Secret: How Technoculture Capitalizes on Democracy, 2002)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Transparency, Society and Subjectivity
Book Subtitle
Critical Perspectives
Editors
  • Emmanuel Alloa
  • Dieter Thomä
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77161-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77161-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77160-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 408
Number of Illustrations
5 b/w illustrations
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