La tératologie politique : de la canaille et des monstres

Multitudes 33 (2):101 (2008)


This article explores the political meanings of a relatively unexplored dimension of Edmund Burke’s thought : the monster. After first showing the extent to which the figure of the monster appears in Burke’s category of the aesthetic, the author speculates on some of the political reasons for Burke’s use of the metaphor of the monstrous. The article suggests that these political reasons lie in Burke’s fear of the mob, and that this fear tells us something important about the conservative ideology of order

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