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Dajind Romanticism Postmodernism and Democracy. The Priority of the Political and Its Limits: The very existence of politically representative institutions brings into being a political society that would not otherwise exist. Stanford University Press Amazon. Cite this Email this Add pollitics favourites Print this page. Romanticism, Postmodernism, and Democracy 4. Our Sense of the Real: Contrary to much received wisdom on the issue, in order to work best, politicians therefore need to be distant from citizens rather than closer.

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In the s he elaborated this idea into a philosophy of historical representation. This is where his philosophy of history basically differs from that of Hayden White. In his later work Ankersmit concentrates on the issue of historical rationality; his aim then is to establish on what rational grounds historians prefer one representation of the past to another.

Leibniz is here his guide as well. Although Ankersmit is often perceived as a postmodernist, his work can also be seen as drawing from the 19th century historian Friedrich Meinecke and as an "An almost neo-Kantian desire to counter the hegemony of science in history and politics". In he ended his membership of that party, since it had turned, in his view, from a liberal into a neoliberal party. He sees Neoliberalism as a return to Medieval feudalism : both wish to entrust public competences and responsibilities to semi- private hands.

Whereas liberalism was born at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries from the rejection of feudalism. The Anglo-Saxon countries could forget about this, since they remained outside the grip of the French Revolution. Ankersmit was member of the National Convention, a commission installed by minister Alexander Pechtold in order to offer advice about how to strengthen democracy.

More recently he insisted that representative democracy is, in fact, an elective aristocracy, which is, from a logical point of view, a peculiar mixture of Medieval political representation by the three Estates and the concept of sovereignty, as established under absolute monarchy. Ankersmit regularly participates at public debate on democracy, political representation, liberalism and related topics. In he became a member of the political party Forum for Democracy , but due to what he perceived as a lack of internal democracy of the party he became disappointed and left the party late Over interpretatie, representatie en historische realiteit, Groningen: Historische Uitgeverij Groningen, De historische ervaring, Groningen: Historische Uitgeverij Groningen, De spiegel van het verleden.

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ANKERSMIT AESTHETIC POLITICS PDF

Aesthetic Politics : Political Philosophy Beyond Fact and Value

To achieve this, it focuses on the notion of political "representation" as the heart of parliamentary democracy, openly welcoming and embracing all the aestheticist connotations of the term. Representation will always present us with an "aesthetic gap" between the represented and the representation; it is in this aesthetic gap that legitimate political power and all political creativity originate. In a representative democracy, this aesthetic gap appears in the fact that the representative is not a mandatary but a delegate of the voter possessing a certain autonomy with regard to the voter, much in the same way that a painting has a certain autonomy vis-a-vis what it depicts. This was made clear by Burke more than two centuries ago and has been the practice of well-functioning representative democracies to the present day. The author sees totalitarianism as the inevitable consequence of the abandonment of aestheticism. This "brokenness" of the political world of representative democracy places an aesthetic political philosophy of democracy in the tradition of Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Tocqueville, and Schumpeter, by contrast to most of contemporary political philosophy.

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To achieve this, it focuses on the notion of political "representation" as the heart of parliamentary democracy, openly welcoming and embracing all the aestheticist connotations of the term. Representation will always present us with an "aesthetic gap" between the represented and the representation; it is in this aesthetic gap that legitimate political power and all political creativity originate. In a representative democracy, this aesthetic gap appears in the fact that the representative is not a mandatary but a delegate of the voter possessing a certain autonomy with regard to the voter, much in the same way that a painting has a certain autonomy vis-a-vis what it depicts. This was made clear by Burke more than two centuries ago and has been the practice of well-functioning representative democracies to the present day.

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Aesthetic Politics

Aesthetic Democracy Mihail Evans studies art to understand politics. 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. Two pictures of Blenheim Palace. The Novelty Of Democracy In understanding any political system, Ankersmit argues that we must ask what the problem was that the system was expected to solve. Democracy has become so overwhelmingly accepted in modern western societies that we tend to presume that it is the unquestionable solution to every political problem that now confronts humanity, or might ever do so.

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