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The Politics of Judgment Aesthetics, Identity, and Political Theory
978-0-7391-0058-5 • Hardback
April 1999 • $80.00 • (£49.95)
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March 2007 • $32.99 • (£19.95)
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Pages: 168
Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
By Kennan Ferguson
Political Science | History & Theory
Lexington Books
This innovative and theoretically sophisticated book investigates how aesthetic judgment forms the groundwork for understanding political identities. It posits aesthetics as central to conceptions of politics that are based on how people understand the relationship between themselves and larger communities. Ferguson focuses not only on how different theoretical conceptions of political judgment relate to one another, but also on their historical development and potential meaning for contemporary scholarship across the humanities and social sciences. Drawing on recent contributions to philosophy, economics, cultural studies, feminism, psychology, and anthropology, The Politics of Judgment demonstrates how modern political identities depend upon and are formed by aesthetic judgment. Political theorists, social scientists, philosophers and cultural critics will find this book especially useful, though general readers will also be attracted by the author's keen insight into contemporary political questions.
Kennan Ferguson is visiting professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs at the University of South Florida.
Part 1 Foundation of Political Aesthetics
Chapter 2 Claims of Reason, Claims of Thought
Chapter 3 The Aesthetics of Dynamite
Chapter 4 The World as It Finds Me
Part 5 How Poles Get Made: Racial, Performative, and Aesthetic Identities
Chapter 6 Racial Orders
Chapter 7 Performing the Self
Chapter 8 Enigmas of Identity: The Mashpee
Chapter 9 Aesthetic Judgment in the Constitution of Group Selves
Part 10 Mapping and Unmapping the World: Foreign Policy as Aesthetic Practice
Chapter 11 Cartographic Resonances
Chapter 12 Building New Ideographs
Chapter 13 The Politics of the Multicultural
Chapter 14 Social Aesthetics
Chapter 15 Aesthetics as Foreign Policy
Part 16 Aesthetic Markers: Sex and the Single Subject
Chapter 17 Gender and Judgment
Chapter 18 Feminism and Wittgenstein
Chapter 19 Judgment, Subjects, epistemology
Part 20 Contemporary Political Aesthetics
Chapter 21 Aesthetic Confederation
Chapter 22 Aesthetic Domination
Chapter 23 Aesthetic Self-Constitution
Chapter 24 Aesthetic Communities
Part 25 Conclusion: How to Do Things with Judgments
For Ferguson, the modern philosophical field of aesthetics can offer political science some valuable and sorely needed lessons. . . . He is clearly on to something big.
American Political Science Review