ReadingAdorno: Creating a free public

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2017) ReadingAdorno: Creating a free public. In: Philosophy as INterplay and Dialogue. LIT Verlag, Zurich, pp. 395-420. ISBN 978-3-643-90956-5

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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.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning

Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Higher Education and Society
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