adorno and horkheimer


I finally got through all three sections of the Habermas' reading (pat on back). One thing I realize is that the last section of the reading seems to mirror the ideas of Adorno and Horkheimer.

In the second section, he details a public sphere that is composed of intellectuals engaged in critical debate. Rationality and reason are their tools which they use frequently in the salons and the coffeehouses. Eventually, their debates transfer over to the political sphere where they can be used to change society.

art and the average

I've been thinking about our second concern according to our syllabus, the status of the subject within the postmodern. In our readings last week, the individual's role cropped up in authors' considerations of art in the modern (or the straining-against-the-modern) era. For example, I've been thinking about how we define art and how this includes or precludes the individual. According to Benjamin, "one of the foremost tasks of art has always been the creation of a demand which could be fully satisfied only later"--that is, the creation of new art forms. (p. 237).

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