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On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique
On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique
Owen Hulatt

This essay examines the connection between art, ideology, and pathologies of reason. And this in itself requires justification – why think that there is a connection between such radically disparate domains? For critical theory, of course, these domains are not simply connected, but deeply interrelated in such a way that they mutually determine one another. Indeed, for one significant strand of critical theory the artwork is a means of criticizing ideology, and for revealing deep-seated misdevelopments and pathologies in our form of reason and society. Much ink has been spilled on the specific claims which have been advanced regarding these interconnections and artwork-based critiques, with special reference to the work ...

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