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The Egalitarian Sublime: A Process Philosophy

James Williams


The book answers the question: Can the sublime be egalitarian? It gives critical studies of the main historical theories of the sublime, from Longinus, Burke, Kant, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer, as well as recent secondary literature. There are also reactions to contemporary positions, from Žižek, Lyotard, Kristeva and Adorno. It is argued that the sublime has always had consequences counter to equality. In response to this, the book defends an anarchist theory of the sublime, where anarchism is part of a radical commitment to democracy and multiplicity. The book develops a new method, inspired ... More

Keywords: Sublime, Egalitarianism, Burke, Kant, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Žižek, Anarchism, Technological sublime, Environmental sublime

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439114
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439114.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Williams, author
Deakin University, Australia