The Virtual Point of Freedom Hardback

Essays on Politics, Aesthetics, and Religion

by Lorenzo Chiesa;

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The Virtual Point of Freedom

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The principal motif that runs throughout "The Virtual Point of Freedom" is a confrontation with the discourse of freedom, or, more specifically, the falsely transgressive ideal of a total emancipation that would know no constraints. Far from delineating a supposed subject of freedom that would allegedly overcome alienation once and for all, the seven chapters in Chiesa s book seek to unfold an innovative reading of the dialectical coincidence between dis-alienation and re-alienation in politics, aesthetics, and religion, using psychoanalysis as a privileged critical tool. Topics include Pier Paolo Pasolini s attack on the visual and biological degeneration of bodies brought about by pleasure-seeking liberal consumerism, Giorgio Agamben s and Slavoj i ek s conflicting negotiations with the Christian tradition of poverty and inappropriateness as potential redemption, and Alain Badiou s inability to develop a philosophical anthropology that could sustain a coherent politics of emancipation. The book concludes by sketching out the figure of the partisan, a subject who makes it possible to conceive of an intersection between provisional morality and radical politics."

The Virtual Point of Freedom by Lorenzo Chiesa was published by Northwestern University Press in September 2016. The ISBN for The Virtual Point of Freedom is 9780810133747.

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Page last updated 16th August 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherNorthwestern University Press (September 2016)
Number of Pages160
Thickness18 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4451086
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