Workshop Discussion: The Struggle for the Public Sphere. A Left-Habermasian Approach
May 23, 2022, 16:00-18:00, J32/102 (new room!).
Jürgen Habermas conceives the "structural transformation of the public sphere" as a colonizing encroachment of economic, political, and technological system logics on the lifeworld. Thus, the lifeworld conflict about the public sphere itself gets out of focus. But his work also contains another perspective that has been forgotten. It makes this conflict visible as a dialectic of systematically distorted communication. Current disputes about the public sphere, its boundaries, actors, and issues reveal the potential of this Left-Habermasian approach.
Victor Kempf is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the Humboldt University in Berlin and author of "Exodus oder dialektische Negation. Paradigmen der Kapitalismuskritik im Widerstreit" (Springer 2019).