The Phenomenal Public

Political Philosophy 1 (1) (2024)
  Copy   BIBTEX


With what modes of mentality can we build a visceral, subjective sense of being in some specific mass-political society? Theorists and political cultivators standardly call upon the imagination – the kind prompted by symbols and rituals, for example. Could perception ever play such a role? I argue that it can, but that perceptions of mass-political publics come with costs of cruelty and illusion that neither democratic theorists nor participants should be willing to pay. The clearest examples of such perceptions are found in fascist political culture. My discussion aims to illuminate what it is about publics, perception, and democracy that makes this so.



External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Rhetoric and Public Reasoning.Bernard Yack - 2006 - Political Theory 34 (4):417-438.
Revival of fascism against political situation in Russia аnd Ukraine.Y. Arabadzhi - 2015 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 5:21-29.
Authenticity in Political Discourse.Ben Jones - 2016 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 19 (2):489-504.
The Internet's Negative Impact on the Development of Democracy.Zhang Qianshan - 2003 - Contemporary Chinese Thought 35 (2):91-99.
On Legitimacy and Political Deliberation.Bernard Manin - 1987 - Political Theory 15 (3):338-368.
Democratic values and means of political manipulation.A. Kliachyn - 2012 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 1 (22):181-185.
The epistemic import of phenomenal consciousness.Paweł Jakub Zięba - forthcoming - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-37.
Rhetoric and the Public Sphere.Simone Chambers - 2009 - Political Theory 37 (3):323-350.
The media and the crisis of democracy: rethinking aesthetic politics.Jaeho Kang - 2010 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 57 (124):1-22.
The Media and the Crisis of Democracy: Rethinking Aesthetic Politics.Jaeho Kang - 2010 - Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory 57 (125):1-22.
Imagination and Tragic Democracy.Nathalie Karagiannis & Peter Wagner - 2012 - Critical Horizons 13 (1):12 - 28.
Political manipulation and public sphere as components of the political communications.A. Tretyak & O. Pilipenko - 2011 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 1 (21):156-160.


Added to PP

219 (#94,622)

6 months
219 (#12,188)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Susanna Siegel
Harvard University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Predictive Mind.Jakob Hohwy - 2013 - Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press UK.
The Border Between Seeing and Thinking.Ned Block - 2023 - New York, US: OUP Usa.
The Contents of Visual Experience.Susanna Siegel - 2010 - , US: Oxford University Press USA.
The transparency of experience.Michael G. F. Martin - 2002 - Mind and Language 17 (4):376-425.

View all 20 references / Add more references