Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary

2014.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chiara Bottici, Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary, Columbia University Press, 2014, 258pp., $50.00
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2014.08.40 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Chiara Bottici, Imaginal Politics: Images Beyond Imagination and the Imaginary, Columbia University Press, 2014, 258pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231157780. Reviewed by Laura Hengehold, Case Western Reserve University Situations in which citizens deliberate and act are framed by images as well as words. These images may be perceptual, photographic or moving video; they may be conscious fantasies, and they may involve unconscious expectations or hopes. Arendt suggested that Kant's unwritten political philosophy was contained in passages from the Critique of Judgment dealing with aesthetic judgment's capacity to mobilize an ideal common sense on the world's appearance, regardless of empirical disagreements between observers. But toward the end of her life, Arendt herself became increasingly focused on the role of imagination in judgment, rather than in action. Chiara Bottici takes up Arendt's attempt to rework. . .

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