Negative Effects Of The Enlightenment Free Essays
Negative Effects Of The Enlightenment
As a result of this repressive logic, the variant of the dialectic of enlightenment (in addition to Reason and Other) introduces what might be described as a . This position is highly unstable, however, due to the fact that it must maintain relations with both sides of the dialectic, that is, with both reason and the Other (nature).
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"[W]hen it comes to [...] women's desire for a subject position, and to a speaking position located as it were on the reverse side of enlightenment, it soon becomes tangible how the dialectic is then set into motion in such a way that it is not easy to gain a secure foothold. For women cannot simply be turned into, or declared to be, the obverse. Any attempt to make up lost ground in terms of the self-realization hitherto denied her or to reduce the male subject's head start in the process of enlightenment would have far more serious consequences for women than the detrimental effects of progress as attested by and for man. Whereas for man the process and practices of laying claim and subjugating Nature were largely carried out on the material and the images of the other, and above all of the other sex, for women this work on the process of civilization would affect what is her own: , the mastering and rationalization of which is the prime goal of the preservation of selfhood; the woman's body as the of a rationally oriented history. The sacrificial structure of the history of the enlightenment not only repeats itself more corporeally and closer to the bone, as it were, in the female subject, but women at the same time also have a share in both the reverse and the observe sides."