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Political Representation. This ambitious work aims to reintroduce history into political theory. Contemporary political philosophy--liberalism, communitarianism, and republicanism--disregards history because it is irrelevant to the nature of politics and to what constitutes a political problem.
The author argues that this view reduces politics and political philosophy to a vapid academic game that is insensitive to both the essence and practice of politics. He proposes that an indissoluble link between history and politics lies in the notion of representation.
Since history represents the past, and the core of democratic politics resides in political representation, the author sees representation as the common ground of history and politics. He welcomes, analyzes, and elaborates all the aestheticist connotations of representation. The history of Machiavellianism demonstrates how influential the impact of history has been on political thought, ironically resulting in the repression of history from philosophical reflection on the nature of politics.
Historicist political philosophy is distinguished from its anti-historicist rival in terms of the distinction between historicist compromise and anti-historicist consensus, as seen in the work of Rawls and Rorty.
Compromise is shown to be politically creative and open-minded, whereas consensus is conservative and totalitarian. Finally, the author argues that respect is the supreme democratic virtue, and that historicist political philosophy respects "respect, while its anti-historicist rival has no rivals between disrespect and indifference. Natural Right and History. Freud as the Last Natural Law Theorist. On the Origin Nature and Future of Representative. Schumann and Schiller.
Democracy as Antifoundationalism. The Network the Expert and Representative. Political Representation F. History and Political Theory. Political Representation Frank R. Political Representation Cultural memory in the present Political Representation.
Aesthetic Politics : Political Philosophy Beyond Fact and Value
Your complimentary articles. You can read four articles free per month. To have complete access to the thousands of philosophy articles on this site, please. The work of Frank Ankersmit on representation and democracy is surprisingly little known even among academics working in political theory. At the end of the s, already one of the most eminent figures globally in the philosophy of history, this professor at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands turned his attention from the problems of historical representation to the related one of political representation. Ankersmit published two important books on contemporary democracy: Aesthetic Politics: Political Philosophy Beyond Fact and Value , and Political Representation , but neither of these have ever attracted they attention they deserve, so I will outline something of the basics here. In understanding any political system, Ankersmit argues that we must ask what the problem was that the system was expected to solve.
Forgot your login information? Pels, D. Aesthetic representation and political style: re-balancing identity and difference in media democracy. Pels Eds. Pels, Dick.