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Habermas and Aesthetics: The Limits of Communicative Reason

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Habermas and Aesthetics: The Limits of Communicative Reason

Pieter Duvenage

ISBN: 978-0-745-63120-2 August 2003 Polity 224 Pages

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In this important new study, Pieter Duvenage shows that Habermas’s work on aesthetics, far from being marginal to his core concerns, is central to understanding and evaluating Habermas's entire theoretical enterprise.

  • This important new study shows that Habermas's work on aesthetics is central to understanding and evaluating his entire theoretical enterprise.
  • Duvenage demonstrates that, in the first phase of his intellectual career, Habermas emphasizes the communicative and societal relevance of art; in the second phase, the idea of a communicative aesthetics is worked out in terms of a theory of rationality.
  • Reveals that Habermas’s later work offers a third, albeit undeveloped, alternative that suggests a convergence of the two.
  • Offers a critical perspective on the role of aesthetics in Habermas's work and proposes possible alternatives.
Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Part I: Habermas And Aesthetics: The First Phase:.

1. Initial Influences And Themes In Habermas's Work.

2. The Public Sphere And The Role Of Art.

3. The Decline Of The Public Sphere.

4. Towards A Normative And Rational Public Sphere.

5. An Aesthetics Of Redemption: Habermas's Benjamin Essay.

6. Habermas's Early Reflections On Aesthetics.

Part II: Habermas And The Legacy Of Aesthetics In Critical Theory:.

7. The Initial Research Programme Of Critical Theory.

8. Society As The Result Of Instrumental Reason.

9. Adorno: Instrumental Reason And Aesthetics.

10. The Outer Circle And The Benjaminian Alternative.

11. Summary.

Part III: Habermas And Aesthetics: The Second Phase:.

12. The Theory Of Communicative Action And Rationality.

13. The Theory Of Societal Rationalization.

14. The Aesthetic Implications Of Communicative Reason.

15. Three Case Studies: Schiller, Hegel And Heine.

16. Recapitulation: Habermas And The Fate Of Aesthetics.

Part IV: The Second Phase Continues:The Postmodern Challenge:.

17. Nietzsche’s Aesthetic Anti-Discourse Of Modernity.

18. Art And Ontology: Heidegger.

19. On Philosophy And Literature: Derrida.

20. Postmodernity And Genealogy: Bataille And Foucault.

21. A Postmodern Critique Of Habermas’s Aesthetics.

22. Summary.

Part V: Critical Perspectives On Habermas's Aesthetics:.

23. The Role Of Aesthetics In Communicative Reason.

24. Habermas And The De-Linguistification Of (Inner) Nature.

25. The Role Of Aesthetics In Social Rationalization.

26. Reading Adorno After Habermas.

27. Critical Summary.

Part VI: The Reciprocity Of World Disclosure And Discursive Language:.

28. Truth As Aesthetic World Disclosure: Heidegger.

29. Truth As Rational Discursiveness: Habermas.

30. The Road Beyond: Art As Communicative Experience.

31. The Political And Moral Implications Of World Disclosure.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index


  • This important new study shows that Habermas's work on aesthetics is central to understanding and evaluating his entire theoretical enterprise.
  • Duvenage demonstrates that, in the first phase of his intellectual career, Habermas emphasizes the communicative and societal relevance of art; in the second phase, the idea of a communicative aesthetics is worked out in terms of a theory of rationality.
  • Reveals that Habermas’s later work offers a third, albeit undeveloped, alternative that suggests a convergence of the two.
  • Offers a critical perspective on the role of aesthetics in Habermas's work and proposes possible alternatives.