ReadingAdorno: Creating a free public

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilosophy as INterplay and Dialogue
Subtitle of host publicationViewing landscapes within Philosophy of Education
EditorsTorril Strand, Richard Smith , Anne Pirrie, Zelia Gregoriou, Marianna Papastephenou
Place of PublicationZurich
PublisherLIT Verlag
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-3-643-90956-5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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