File spoon-archives/habermas.archive/habermas_2001/habermas.0101, message 14

Subject: Re: HAB: Linking Theory & Practice
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 19:03:57 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)

On Tue, 9 Jan 2001 20:31:47 -0800 (PST) Gary D <> wrote:

> GD: ... On the one hand, aestheticization of educational issues is not 
connoted by Habermas' work in any way...

Agreed. But this is precisely the problem. Tradition is tradition only insofar 
as we constitute it as such. In other words, we view our 'past' through the 
eyes (the Other) of our future. It is always a forward looking retroactive 
imposition. This 'seeing' is grasped by an aesthetic-imaginary moment. It 
simply cannot be otherwise. Although we want to avoid the temptation of 
reducing education to mere aesthetics, it is the aesthetic moment inherent to 
idea of education that makes it appealing (beautiful) to begin with... the 
distinction between rationality and romance is the cite of ongoing contention, 
a stain (trauma/jouissance) that cannot be removed save through the 
discombobulation of the ego...


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