Insurrection and Commonwealth
Chapter 3. Liberating “the Critical” in Critical Theory
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LIBERATING “THE CRITICAL”IN CRITICAL THEORY
“Truth is ugly. We possess art lest we perish of the truth.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power #822
What is the relationship of truth to beauty, learning to art, political education to human flourishing? Philosophers from Confucius and Aristotle to John Dewey and Paulo Freire have investigated, as the axial human problem, how education is to help us in accomplishing our own humanization. The contemporary search for a genuinely critical theory and an authentically democratic society continues that project. But what can make theory critical, education liberating, society democratic?1
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