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The Storm at SeaPolitical Aesthetics in the Time of Shakespeare$
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Christopher Pye

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823265046

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823265046.001.0001

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Hobbes and the Hydrophobes

Hobbes and the Hydrophobes

The Fate of the Aesthetic in the Time of the State

(p.158) Chapter 7 Hobbes and the Hydrophobes
The Storm at Sea

Christopher Pye

Fordham University Press

The final chapter on Hobbes turns from the creationist aesthetic and the fluidly political space of the Renaissance polis—Shakespeare’s world—to the “rationalized” state of the proto-Enlightenment era. The aesthetic is, the chapter argues, what must be foreclosed to establish the encompassing fiction of the modern state—it is what the neutral state as the space of reason poses itself against. At the same time the aesthetic returns with a force directly proportionate to that exclusion, not dispersedly, as in the universe of Shakespeare’s late works, but as the fixed but unacknowledgeable lining and support of modern political space.

Keywords:   Hobbes, Leviathan, Sovereignty, Esposito, The Tempest, Aesthetics

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