Christoph Menke (Berlin)
The power of beauty

Christoph Menke (Berlin)
The power of beauty

Bourgeois (or capitalist) society defines beauty as a value. That summarises the popular formula, according to which beauty is a promise of success, in a nutshell: the value of beauty lies in the promise of values that enable us to achieve success. – Aesthetics is political in that it asks the question about a different beauty, in that it engages in a battle for beauty. Aesthetics is a battlefield: beauty as a power versus beauty as a value.

Christoph Menke is a professor of practical philosophy at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. His special focuses are political philosophy, legal philosophy and aesthetics.
Book publications (selection): Die Souveränität der Kunst (The sovereignty of art; 1988); Tragödie im Sittlichen (Tragedy and the free spirits; 1996); Spiegelungen der Gleichheit (Reflections of equality; 2000, 2004); Die Gegenwart der Tragödie. Versuch über Urteil und Spiel (The presence of tragedy. An essay on judgement and play; 2005); Kraft. Ein Grundbegriff ästhetischer Anthropologie (Force. A Fundamental Concept of Aesthetic Anthropology; 2008); Recht und Gewalt (Law and violence; 2011); Die Kraft der Kunst (The power of art; 2013).