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Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics
 
 

Aesthetic Origins: Peter Viereck and the Imaginative Sources of Politics [Kindle Edition]

Jay Patrick Starliper , Claes G. Ryn

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"Jay Starliper brings to light the work of Peter Viereck in a way that emphasizes the connections between aesthetics and politics. His cogently written analysis demonstrates the importance of imagination as the prism through which we interpret reality and the possibilities of life. The book is a much needed addition to the study of politics that is too often focused on institutions and process. Starliper makes a compelling case for why imagination is paramount in the way politics is perceived and conducted. His analysis of Wagnerian romanticism and the rise of Nazism is especially insightful and provides a wonderful illustration of the nexus between imagination and politics." --Dr. Michael P. Federici, Mercyhurst University

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<p>While it is gaining in academic prominence, discussion of the imagination is too often neglected. Society is dangerously unaware of the intimate relationship between culture and politics, ethics and aesthetics. Challenging this, Jay Patrick Starliper examines the imagination through the lens of the work of Peter Viereck and other likeminded thinkers. The result is a philosophical deconstruction that demonstrates why &quot;books are bullets.&quot;</p>

<p>In 1941, before Nazi barbarism was public knowledge, a young Peter Viereck published <em>Metapolitics: From Wagner and the German Romantics to Hitler</em>. In it, Viereck attacked the diabolical spiritual foundations of National Socialism. He made the ostensibly absurd claim that a certain shade of romanticism was the ethical foundation of a German revolt against decency. According to Viereck, Nazism was the culmination of over a century and a half of bad culture, the result of an idyllic imagination. Starliper warns that the same diseased imagination that culminated in gas chambers and guillotines is subtly affecting the way millions of people view the world today and that, without the inspiration of an elevated aesthetic, civilization will not survive.</p>

<p>In the spirit of Edmund Burke and Irving Babbitt, Viereck&rsquo;s insight into the ethical and political force of aesthetics provides a much needed critique of contemporary civilization.</p>

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (21 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOZDCV4
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