The Art of Freedom: On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence (Hardcover)

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The concept of democratic freedom refers to more than the kind of freedom embodied by political institutions and procedures. Democratic freedom can only be properly understood if it is grasped as the expression of a culture of freedom that encompasses an entire form of life. Juliane Rebentisch's systematic and historical approach demonstrates that we can learn a great deal about the democratic culture of freedom from its philosophical critics.

From Plato to Carl Schmitt, the critique of democratic culture has always been articulated as a critique of its aestheticization". Rebentisch defends various phenomena of aestheticization from the irony typical of democratic citizens to the theatricality of the political as constitutive elements of democratic culture and the notion of freedom at the heart of its ethical and political self-conception.

This work will be of particular interest to students of Political Theory, Philosophy and Aesthetics.

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Juliane Rebentisch is Professor of Philosophy and Aesthetics at Offenbach University of Art and Design.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780745682129
ISBN-10: 074568212X
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date: March 7th, 2016
Pages: 320
Language: English