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Interventions in Contemporary ThoughtHistory, Politics, Aesthetics$
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Gabriel Rockhill

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781474405355

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405355.001.0001

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The Hatred of Rancière: Democracy in the History of Political Cultures

The Hatred of Rancière: Democracy in the History of Political Cultures

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(p.165) Chapter 6 The Hatred of Rancière: Democracy in the History of Political Cultures*
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Interventions in Contemporary Thought
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Gabriel Rockhill

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405355.003.0006

This chapter critically examines Rancière’s intervention in Hatred of Democracy by calling into question his transhistorical conception of politics as well as his problematic positions on current events (which purport—in rather contradictory fashion—to distinguish between what is ‘properly political’ and what is not). This critical reflection weaves together both historical analysis and the study of the present in order to formulate an argument against the existence of ‘politics proper.’ More specifically, it sketches the broad outlines of an intransitive history of democracy in which there is no fixed, transhistorical object such as Democracy. It also formulates arguments against the purity of the political in order to highlight the extent to which political practice is always bound up with diverse social, cultural, economic and even psychological forces.

Keywords:   History of democracy, historiography, political theory, Rancière

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