How aesthetics―understood as a extra encompassing framework for human task―may turn out to be the principle discourse for political and social engagement.

These essays make the case for a reignited working out of aesthetics―person who casts aesthetics now not as illusory, subjective, or superficial, however as a extra encompassing framework for human task. Such an aesthetics, the individuals counsel, may just turn out to be the principle discourse for political and social engagement. Departing from the “vital” stance of 20th-century artists and theorists who embraced a counter-aesthetic framework for political engagement, this e-book files how a broader working out of aesthetics can be offering insights into our relationships now not handiest with items, areas, environments, and ecologies, but additionally with each and every different and the political systems during which we’re all enmeshed.

The individuals―philosophers, media theorists, artists, curators, writers and designers together with such outstanding figures as Jacques Rancière, Graham Harman, and Elaine Scarry―construct a compelling framework for a brand new aesthetic discourse. The e-book opens with a talk during which Rancière tells the amount’s editor, Mark Foster Gage, that the classy is “concerning the enjoy of a not unusual international.” The essays following speak about such subjects because the belief of truth; abstraction in ethics, epistemology, and aesthetics because the “first philosophy”; Afrofuturism; Xenofeminism; philosophical realism; the efficient pressure of alienation; and the insufferable lightness of present ingenious discourse.

Mark Foster Gage, Jacques Rancière, Elaine Scarry, Graham Harman, Timothy Morton, Ferda Kolatan, Adam Fure, Michael Younger, Nettrice R. Gaskins, Roger Rothman, Diann Bauer, Matt Shaw, Albena Yaneva, Brett Mommersteeg, Lydia Kallipoliti, Ariane Lourie Harrison, Rhett Russo, Peggy Deamer, Caroline Picard

Matt Shaw, Handling Editor