Jacques Rancière is one of the most significant and influential philosophers of our time. He is professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School and professor emeritus at the Université de Paris, VIII. Rancière is celebrated for his writing on aesthetics, education, politics, equality, emancipation, art and knowledge, among other topics.
Over the last fifteen years, his work has been translated into English, and yet, while some of his writings remain untranslated into this global language, he has nonetheless cast a long shadow over the fields of politics, aesthetics, and education,
well beyond the borders of France.
He’s also known for being the student of the structuralist Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser with whom he co-authored the famous publication, Reading Capital (1968). More recently Rancière has written on the topic of human rights and specifically the role of international human rights organisations in asserting the authority to determine which groups of people justify
human rights interventions and even war.