Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation and Other Essays PDF

By Susan Sontag

First released in 1966, this celebrated book--Sontag's first number of essays--quickly grew to become a contemporary vintage, and has had a huge effect in the USA and out of the country on pondering the humanities and modern tradition. in addition to the name essay and the well-known "Notes on Camp," Against Interpretation comprises unique and provocative discussions of Sartre, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, science-fiction video clips, psychoanalysis, and modern non secular pondering. This variation encompasses a new afterword by way of Sontag.

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Demzufolge haben sich in der Modeme gesellschaftliehe Subsysteme herausgebildet, die auf die Erfiillung jeweils einer gesellschaftlichen Funktion hin zugeschnitten sind. Mit der Umstellung des gesellschaftliehen Differenzierungsprinzips gebt, daraufhin laBt sieh die systerntheoretische Zeitdiagnose kurz zusammenfassen, der Verlust einer gesamtgesellschaftliehen Perspektive einher; aus der Perspektive der einzelnen Funktionssysteme stellt sieh die Einheit des Gesellschaftssystems jeweils anders dar.

Habermas spricht von anthropologisch tiefsitzenden Interessen, urn zu betonen, daB die spezifischen kognitiven Strategien, mit denen die Wirklichkeit betrachtet wird, ja unter denen sich die Realitat tiberhaupt erst als Erkenntnisgegenstand konstituiert, ihre "Basis in der Naturgeschichte der Menschengattung" (Habermas 1969: 161) haben. Insofem kommt den erkenntnis1eitenden Interessen ein quasi-transzendentaler Status zu. Die Erkenntnisinteressen sind einerseits notwendige Bedingung der Moglichkeit von Erfahrung.

Die Kritik richtet sich gegen ihren Gegenstand, gegen die gesellschaftliche Realitat des aufkommenden, modemen Kapitalismus. Marx glaubt, einen internen Zusammenbang zwischen der Logik des Selbstverwertungsprozesses des Kapitals und entfremdenden Ausbeutungs- und Verdinglichungsverhaltnissen nachweisen zu konnen; aus diesem Grunde richtet sich sein Interesse auf die Entlarvung undurchschauter Herrschaftsstrukturen und zugleich - entsprechend seiner 11. Feuerbachthese - auf die revolutionare Verbesserung menschlicher Lebensbedingungen.

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