Aestheticisation of politics: From fascism to radical democracy

Jon Simons

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Abstract

The aestheticisation of politics, a term coined by Walter Benjamin, refers to a critique of various modes of politics considered to be irrational in leftist, critical theory. The critique ties aestheticised politics to fascism and capitalism, thereby precluding the conceptual possibility of a radical democratic aesthetic politics. This paper challenges that position first by working through Wolfgang Welsch's semantic clarification of the term aesthetics, then by deriving different senses of aestheticised politics from the range of meanings given by Welsch. A typology of aestheticised politics, from fascist to communist, depicts the conceptual possibility of a radical democratic political aesthetics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-229
JournalJournal for Cultural Research
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes

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