This Obscure Thing Called Transparency

Politics and Aesthetics of a Contemporary Metaphor

Edited by Emmanuel Alloa

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The paradoxical logic of transparency and mediation

Transparency is the metaphor of our time. Whether in government or corporate governance, finance, technology, health or the media – it is ubiquitous today, and there is hardly a current debate that does not call for more transparency. But what does this word actually stand for and what are the consequences for the life of individuals? Can knowledge from the arts, and its play of visibility and invisibility, tell us something about the paradoxical logics of transparency and mediation? This Obscure Thing Called Transparency gathers contributions by international experts who critically assess the promises and perils of transparency today.

Contributors: Emmanuel Alloa (University of Fribourg), Loup Cellard (Melbourne Law School), Riccardo Donati (Università di Salerno), Mark Fenster (University of Florida), Sara Guindani (Université Paris 7), David Heald (University of Glasgow), Vlad Ionescu (UHasselt/PXL MAD), Dorota Mokrosinska (Leiden University), Herman Parret (KU Leuven), John Pitseys (UCLouvain), Natacha Pfeiffer (Université Saint-Louis), Philippe Van Parijs (UCLouvain), Bart Verschaffel (Ghent University), Patrick Vandermeersch (KU Leuven), Christophe Van Gerrewey (EPFL).

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Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 mm

340 pages

ISBN: 9789462703254

Publication: March 31, 2022

Languages: English: United States

Emmanuel Alloa is professor of aesthetics and philosophy of art at the Philosophy Department of the University of Fribourg.