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Description - The Philosopher and His Poor by Jacques Ranciere

Ranciere's account of Western philosophical thought from Plato to Bourdieu argues that philosophers depend on an ideal "poor" for their own analyses but preclude them from abstract thought Jacques Ranciere's The Philosopher and His Poor meditates on what philosophy has to do with the poor in close readings of major texts of Western thought in which the poor have played a leading role - sometimes as the objects of philosophical analysis, sometimes as illustrations of philosophical argument. Published in France in 1983 and made available here for the first time in English, this consummate study assesses the consequences for Marx, Sartre, and Bourdieu of Plato's admonition that workers should do "nothing else" than their own work. It offers innovative readings of these thinkers' struggles to elaborate a philosophy of the poor. Presenting a left critique of Bourdieu, the terms of which are largely unknown to an English-language readership, The Philosopher and His Poor remains remarkably timely twenty years after its initial publication.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822332749
ISBN-10: 0822332744
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jacques Ranciere

Jacques Ranciere is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris-VIII (St. Denis). His many books include The Nights of Labor: The Workers' Dream in Nineteenth-Century France; The Ignorant Schoolmaster: Five Lessons in Intellectual Emancipation;and Disagreement: Politics and Philosophy. Andrew Parker is Professor of English at Amherst College. He is a coeditor of Nationalisms and Sexualities and Performativity and Performance.

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