Esteettinen poliittinen filosofia

Aesthetical political philosophy

The article is an introduction to Franklin Ankersmit's political philosophy. Ankersmit maintains that the mainstream ethical political philosophy practiced by John Rawls and his followers (and many adversaries as well) fails to increase our understanding of current political problems. This is the case because in reality every significant political decision has many unintentional consequences, which make it impossible to derive such decisions from some coherent set of moral principles. Instead of trying to reduce politics to ethics, Ankersmit analyses our political system and its prob-lems in aesthetical terms, concentrating especially to the concept of representation and its central role in our political culture.

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