This book outlines a new conception of political aesthetics based on the notion of order as an aesthetic category pertaining to human perception. Engaging with the thought of a range of figures, including Veblen, Honneth, Foucault, Popper, and MacIntyre, it explores the nature of political aesthetics as an enquiry into the ways in which politics and our perceptions shape one another and our moral choices. Moving beyond the consideration of politics as a matter of perception, the author employs the concept of recognition to shed fresh light on the normative dimensions of politics, before presenting a series of case studies designed to show the utility of this conception of political aesthetics for explaining contemporary urban social phenomena and political conflicts. As such, Politics and Recognition will appeal to sociologists, philosophers, and political social theorists.

part I|88 pages

Philosophy and recognition

chapter 1|15 pages

Order, philosophy, and recognition

chapter 2|11 pages

Order in politics

chapter 3|19 pages

Politics and aesthetics

chapter 4|21 pages

Duty and beauty

chapter 5|20 pages

Two concepts of recognition

part II|93 pages

Politics and recognition

chapter 6|18 pages

Moral agency and political commitment

chapter 7|17 pages

Faith and fallibilism

chapter 8|14 pages

Ostentation and agoraphobia

chapter 10|26 pages

Thieves of the spectacle