In this paper I explore the theme of domination. But rather than taking the theme of domination associated with republican liberty I investigate the idea of domination elaborated by Adorno. In particular, I am interested in how domination can be resisted through the creation of a ‘free public’. This is a public space not so much colonised by instrumental reason but a space which permits and enables free activity. I use Kant’s concept of freedom as set out in the Critique of Pure Reason to show how freedom is potentially a creative, enabling force. And I explore an example of an unseen public which nevertheless exhibits many of the characteristics of a free public. Such publics may be fleeting and transient but they nevertheless constitute the possibility of hope in the face of Adornian pessimism.
|Title of host publication||Philosophy as INterplay and Dialogue|
|Subtitle of host publication||Viewing landscapes within Philosophy of Education|
|Editors||Torril Strand, Richard Smith , Anne Pirrie, Zelia Gregoriou, Marianna Papastephenou|
|Place of Publication||Zurich|
|Number of pages||25|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2017|