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The Egalitarian SublimeA Process Philosophy$
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James Williams

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439114

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439114.001.0001

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Defining the Egalitarian Sublime

Defining the Egalitarian Sublime

(p.155) Chapter 6 Defining the Egalitarian Sublime
The Egalitarian Sublime

James Williams

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter gives a detailed definition of the egalitarian sublime. It distinguishes this anarchic definition from Rancière’s political philosophy while taking inspiration from Balibar’s work. The chapter claims that the sublime is always at risk of leading to inequalities. The chapter finishes by repudiating the idea that we can arrive at a state free of the sublime. This involves a critical reading of the shift from the sublime to wonder in Genevieve Lloyd’s philosophy.

Keywords:   Balibar, Rancière, Genevieve Lloyd, Egalitarianism, Anarchist sublime

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