Aesthetics and Politics. Perspectives in Contemporary Philosophy

copertinaAzimuth 2/2013 Aesthetics and Politics. Perspectives in Contemporary Philosophy

Edited by Federica Buongiorno
ISBN: 9788863725629

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If one tried answer the traditional Arendtian question about “human condition” today, from the point of view of our present times, one should undoubtedly say that the very proper feature of contemporary human beings is their inter-connectivity – their connectedness to the world as well to ways of sharing it and inhabiting it. We don’t use this term lightly: “inter-connectivity” means not only “interconnection”, which of course refers to the social, cultural, and political bonds that make possible our living-together. These relationships have always been part of human societies and represent a traditional topic of (political-)philosophical thought. More precisely (and maybe even more radically), “inter-connectivity” also refers to the sphere of relations mediated by technics and its applications: relations that define – more extensively and pervasively than in both ancient and modern times – not only our current living together in social and cultural systems, but also our being human. With the development and very recent improvement of an impressive amount of technical “supports” in all the main branches of life, there has arisen a profound modification of human being, namely of the human being’s perceptive abilities and aesthetic regimes. This modification coincides with a new concept of politics – to be more precise, with new forms of governance of these “modified” human beings. This second issue of Azimuth focuses on a specific range of problems arising from the new aesthetico-political arrangement (or governance) of the “human condition”. The glance through different fields of research, as it is offered in this issue, finally flows into an authentic, reinforced request for philosophy: whatever tradition or point of view we might assume, we have to think – as always, one could say, but in a completely different horizon – about the human condition, and the possible and effective meaning of these terms – human, condition – today.


  • Fredric Jameson, La città del futuro (tr. by Marco Gatto)
  • Thomas Macho, Politica dei colori (tr. by Antonio Lucci)
  • Serge Meitinger, L’intruso reale e la democrazia, o ‘tout se resume dans l’esthetique et l’economie politique’. A proposito di un’espressione di Mallarmé (tr. by Marzia Caciolini)
  • Pietro Montani, Tecno-estetica e immaginazione (interattiva) del politico
  • Arne De Boever, Aesthetics and politics of the preface in Giorgio Agamben
  • Alessandra Campo, La polis da immaginare. Responsabilità estetica come responsabilità politica
  • Manuel Shvartzberg, The technocratization of the space of appearance. An Arendtian critique of contemporary architecture
  • Wolfgang Braungart, Vertrauen und Opfer im Diskurs der Tragödie. Zur literarischen Darstellung, Begründung und Durchsetzung politischer Herrschaft im Drama des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts (Gryphius, J. E. Schlegel, Lessing, Schiller)
  • Martìn Plot, The aesthetic regime of politics
  • Franco Lolli, Il disagio dell’(in)civiltà
  • Marco Gatto, Avanguardia e restaurazione. Per una critica del radicalismo artistico nella postmodernità
  • Rocco Ronchi, Perspective as catching device