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Across the great divide : Ankersmit's aesthetic gap and representative democracy

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Across the great divide : Ankersmit's aesthetic gap and representative democracy

Bourne, Christopher (2010) Across the great divide : Ankersmit's aesthetic gap and representative democracy. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis is an exploration of an aesthetic approach to political theory. In particular, I examine the concept of representative democracy in terms of philosophical aesthetics. Drawing inspiration from F.R. Ankersmit's Aesthetic Politics: Political Philosophy Beyond Fact and Value, I argue that there is a necessary 'distance' between citizens and their government, that, if ignored, can have totalitarian consequences. Understanding this distance, also known as the 'aesthetic gap,' requires an exploration of the notion of perspective. Ultimately, once both citizens and government begin to comprehend their particular perspectives, the question of what it means to be represented in a democratic regime becomes comprehensible. This awareness leads to interesting implications for the role of the political representative, and about the relationship between citizens and their governors

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Political Science
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Bourne, Christopher
Pagination:v, 65 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Political Science
Date:2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hutter, H
ID Code:979274
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:09 Dec 2014 17:56
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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