Artful Gods: Aesthetics and Politics in the Age of Technology

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  • This paper is an investigation into the common claim that modern politics is imagery. My approach is both phenomenological and historical, meaning that I first establish what conditions had to pertain in order for modern society to exist as such, and that I then illustrate how those conditions come to be realized via the actions of the past. I conclude that public authority no longer rests in the hands of the governmental, economic, or ecclesiastical spheres, but it is rather something that emerges from a crux between the arts and sciences; the spirit of the digital age is neither labourer nor consumer, but that of the aesthete.

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