Political Solidarity - -1 In todays society, there are many...

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-1 In today’s society, there are many attempts at trying to find a connection between people or a political purpose or connection to each other or political solidarity. By finding this connection and bringing people together, it forces the political element of things to run more smoothly. The aesthetic dimension of life has contributed greatly to attempting to reach this goal. Aesthetics is defined as a branch of philosophy using arts, culture and nature and appreciating beauty. Many leaders political leaders, as well as citizens, have used this dimension to achieve solidarity but there have also been limitations and dangers to using this approach in politics. Gaining solidarity amongst people is a very difficult task. Using Aesthetics to bring society together can date back all the way to Ancient Greece. One way leaders brought the community together through the arts was with theatre. In the Chytry reading, he states that there are five implications of polis thought, sacredness being the most important, “Above all, what remains paradigmatic is the absolute standard of this “sacred polis” for future thought concerning a distinctly human life….” (pg. 17). To keep the polis and history of the culture sacred, Hermassi said that theatre/drama was a way to recollect and let the people see. On page 6 of her text she states that “theatre was slowly created to assist the city’s collective memory through reenactment of individual and collective tragedy….” They wanted people to know about their past and history and know what and where they came from. I believe that this use of aesthetics is aimed at activating both reason and passion. For someone to recollect and follow what has been done before them is to be reasonable and think with your head. Also she speaks on virtues and virtues deal with passion because to virtuous you have to feel that way to act
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in that manner. A statement that she makes on page 13 of her text is “There are no teachers of virtue, because the experience of virtue cannot be extended to the next through memory without some particular assistance.” She goes on to explain how by showing people examples of virtues in the play, they learn on their owns and make their own decision. Germany also had its share of using the aesthetic dimension for solidarity. A movement entitled German Hellenism was created by a guy named Johann Joachim Winckelmann. This movement was basically a phenomena where Germans followed the ancient Greek way of life, “The value and dignity of German Hellenism, therefore lay in reclaiming the soil and antiquity and strengthening Germany’s bond with the Greeks, the highest type of the species “man” so far achieved.” (pg 4 Silk and Stern). As a result of this, music was a form of the arts used to connect the people. Richard Wagner of
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This note was uploaded on 06/17/2011 for the course POLS 5631 taught by Professor Pirro during the Spring '11 term at Georgia Southern University .

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