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 Habermasa s entire theoretical enterprise. * This important new study shows that Habermasa 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 Habermasa s work and proposes possible alternatives.
Pieter Duvenage is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa.
Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part I: Habermas And Aesthetics: The First Phase:. 1. Initial Influences And Themes In Habermasa 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: Habermasa s Benjamin Essay. 6. Habermasa 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 Habermasa 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