Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

After the Solidarity and Consensus Debates: Habermas, Rorty and Fraser as Pragmatist Sources for Activist Dialogical Art

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Contemporary Pragmatism

This paper poses a relationship between pragmatist understandings of intersubjective communication and long-term “dialogical art” practices promoting social change. Art historian Grant Kester contends that two dialogical art projects by Suzanne Lacy and Austrian Art collective WochenKlausur reflect Habermas’ theory of communicative action through which the “better argument” is universally validated. Kester simultaneously acknowledges such projects inculcate non-competitive modes of intersubjective exchange that appear contrary to Habermas. I look at the “philosophical narrative” debates between Richard Rorty and Habermas to suggest that Rorty’s eschewal of Habermasian rationalization in favor of affective modes of contingent solidarity, taken with Nancy Fraser’s understanding of enmeshed public/private discourse in the context of feminist counterpublics, draws out the political-ethical orientation of activist dialogical art practices.

Affiliations: 1: Merrimack College, Visual and Performing Arts, 315 Turnpike Street, North Andover, MA 01845, 617.694.5488;


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Bernstein Richard J. “"What Is the Difference That Makes a Difference? Gadamer, Habermas, and Rorty".” psa: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1982 (Vol 1982): 33159.
2. Bishop Claire. Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship . London: Verso Books, 2012.
3. Fraser Nancy. “"From Irony to Prophesy to Politics: A Response to Richard Rorty".” Michigan Quarterly Review Vol 30, no. 2 (1991): 25966. Accessed February 23, 2016.
4. Fraser Nancy. “"Solidarity or Singularity? Richard Rorty between Romanticism and Technocracy".” In Unruly Practices: Power, Discourse, and Gender in Contemporary Social Theory . Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1989.
5. Fraser Nancy. “"What’s Critical About Critical Theory? The Case of Habermas and Gender".” New German Critique Vol 35 (Spring-Summer 1985): 97131. Accessed February 22, 2016. doi:10.2307/488202.
6. Habermas Jürgen. Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy . Cambridge, ma: mit Press, 1998.
7. Habermas Jürgen,. On the Pragmatics of Communication . Edited by Cooke Maeve. Cambridge, ma: mit Press, 2000.
8. Habermas Jürgen,. “"Richard Rorty’s Pragmatic Turn".” In Rorty and His Critics , edited by Brandom Robert. Malden, ma: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
9. Habermas Jürgen. The Theory of Communicative Action . Boston: Beacon Press, 1984.
10. Kester Grant. “The Device Laid Bare: Some Limitations in Recent Art Criticism.” 2013. Accessed November 8, 2014.
11. Kester Grant. Conversation Pieces: Community and Communication in Modern Art . Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004.
12. Rorty Richard,. “"Feminism and Pragmatism".” In The Rorty Reader , edited by Voparil Christopher J., and Bernstein Richard J.. Malden, ma: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
13. Rorty Richard,. “"Response to Jürgen Habermas".” In Rorty and His Critics , 5663. Edited by Brandom Robert. Malden, ma: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
14. Rorty Richard. “"Science as Solidarity".” In Objectivity, Relativism and Truth: Philosophical Papers i . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 3545.
15. Rorty Richard,. “"Universality and Truth".” In Rorty and His Critics , edited by Brandom Robert, 130. Malden, ma: Blackwell Publishers, 2000.
16. Shusterman Richard. “"Reason and Aesthetics Between Modernity and Postmodernity".” In Practicing Philosophy: Pragmatism and the Philosophical Life , 11329. New York: Routledge, 1997.

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Contemporary Pragmatism — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation