By K. Spracklen
This booklet makes use of the paintings of Jurgen Habermas to interrogate rest as a significant, theoretical inspiration. Drawing on examples from activity, tradition and tourism, and going past issues concerning the grand undertaking of relaxation, Spracklen argues that relaxation is significant to figuring out wider debates approximately id, postmodernity and globalization.
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This contrasted with the myth-making and self-serving stories of patriotism that, especially in Germany, resonated too closely with the far-right ideologies of the early twentieth century. Habermas’s later political thinking, then, was a product of his earlier struggles with authority and autonomy: Habermas attempts to defend reason and the philosophy of the Enlightenment and Truth (Habermas, 1998). Both, however, faced difﬁcult challenges at the end of the twentieth century. The fall of the Enlightenment … the search for explicative laws in natural facts proceeds in a tortuous fashion.
31 32 The Meaning and Purpose of Leisure In this chapter I will explore Habermas’s key philosophical concepts of communicative rationality and communicative action (and their instrumental counterparts), and how he intended these ideas to be applied to thinking about history, sociology and modern society. I will examine the philosophical problems that led to Habermas developing a defence of rationality, while at the same time allowing himself a critical space to attack the bias and partiality of the late modern world (Pedersen, 2008).
The relativistic implications of this are too dangerous for many critics to face, as without some kind of ability to make value judgements the academic enterprise fails (Vattimo, 1988). Others suggest that postmodern philosophy shifts the focus of academic debate from logic to rhetoric (Simons, 1989; Kvale, 1995). Such arguments are, of course, diametrically opposed to the scientism that still prevails in academia, and which supports the Habermas and Communicative and Instrumental Rationality 39 rigour and supposed validity of quantitative methods.