The Philosopher and His Poor by Jacques Rancière,Andrew Parker,John Drury,Corinne Oster

By Jacques Rancière,Andrew Parker,John Drury,Corinne Oster

What has philosophy to do with the terrible? If, as has usually been intended, the terrible haven't any time for philosophy, then why have philosophers regularly made time for them? Why is the heritage of philosophy—from Plato to Karl Marx to Jean-Paul Sartre to Pierre Bourdieu—the background of such a lot of figures of the bad: plebes, males of iron, the demos, artisans, universal humans, proletarians, the loads? Why have philosophers made the shoemaker, specifically, a remarkably ubiquitous presence during this background? Does philosophy itself rely on this considering the bad? if that is so, can it ever chorus from pondering for them?

Jacques Rancière’s The thinker and His Poor meditates on those questions in shut readings of significant texts of Western proposal during which the terrible have performed a number one role—sometimes because the gadgets of philosophical research, occasionally as illustrations of philosophical argument. released in France in 1983 and made to be had right here for the 1st time in English, this consummate research assesses the implications for Marx, Sartre, and Bourdieu of Plato’s admonition that staff should still do “nothing else” than their very own paintings. It deals leading edge readings of those thinkers’ struggles to problematic a philosophy of the negative. featuring a left critique of Bourdieu, the phrases of that are mostly unknown to an English-language readership, The thinker and His Poor is still remarkably well timed 20 years after its preliminary publication.

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