On How Ideology Becomes Aesthetic
The last part of Agamben’s tetralogy is dedicated to different life-styles, by which he means such forms of life in which it is not possible to separate what he calls “bare life”. Agamben’s project may be considered as a description of a political reality in aesthetic terms, such as: norm, rule, exception, form, inclusion, exclusion etc. Of course it is only a dimension of these categories that is aesthetic, but - given an overall aesthetic aspect of today’s politics which has been recently widely acknowledged - it is possible to treat his project as an aesthetic one. For example: the state of exception may be interpreted as the aesthetic state, the sovereign may be seen as a romantic genius creating rules for other people to follow. The aim of the paper is to show not that politics is aesthetic (this is taken for granted), but to show the political dimension of aesthetic terms, which proves that what is thought of as disinterested love for beauty, goodness and truth is not so disinterested as we perhaps would like it to be. In my essay I will analyze texts written by Kant, Schiller, Hegel, Danto, Berleant, Welsch.
Keywords: Politics, Aesthetics, Ideology, Aesthetic State