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Space, Politics and Aesthetics$
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Mustafa Dikeç

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748685974

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748685974.001.0001

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Politics of Aesthetics

Politics of Aesthetics

(p.12) Chapter 2 Politics of Aesthetics
Space, Politics and Aesthetics

Mustafa Dikeç

Edinburgh University Press

Arendt, Nancy and Rancière all find something politically appealing in Kant’s theory of aesthetic judgement, but appropriate different elements of it. Arendt focuses on ‘common sense’, Nancy on ‘presentation’, and Rancière on ‘equality’. Thus, political aesthetic is central to both the connections and differences between them. This chapter argues that despite their differences, what unites these thinkers is that their political aesthetic requires space and spatialisation. The ‘common’, its constitution, disclosure and disruption are central to their politics, and this is why space, as a form and mode of apprehending the common, is central to their thinking. Their conceptualisation of politics relies on the apprehension of the world through aesthetic forms and the construction of a shared and relational domain of experience.

Keywords:   aesthetic judgement, the common, common sense, equality, political aesthetic, presentation, space, spatialisation

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