EVOLUTION OF THE PUBLIC SPHERE IN POSTMODERNITY: DE-POLITIZATION OF POLITICAL COMMUNICATION

Posted On Jul 27 2012 by

Along with the collapse of all symbolic vaults of pre-modern and modern societies (religions and the great laic ideologies, respectively), legitimacy cannot be gained by appealing to the ‘sky of tradition’, or through the teleonomic values of an ideology. Post-industrial society is a ‘disenchanted’ society in that the impact of great ideologies is not decisive in the public sphere: they no longer participate to the ‘critical debates on the general interest matters’ (Habermas), and consequently to the legitimacy process of individuals, groups, organizations and state-nations.             From a philosophical viewpoint, the criticism of abstract humanism and of state power from …