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Unformatted text preview: Modernity: Spectatorship, Power, & Knowledge The Modern Subject Based on idea of Cartesian Subject (Rene Descartes): We know the world when we accurately represent it in thought NOT when we feel it NOT when we imagine it Subject is conscious and unique Subject is self-knowing, unified, and autonomous, and therefore has individual rights and freedoms Add in ideals embodied in French & American Revolutions: Liberal democracy Inalienable rights like representation and self-determination Late Modernity (1880s-late 1900s) Historical, cultural, political, and economic conditions related to the Enlightenment Rise of industrial society and scientific rationalism Control of nature through technology, science, and rationalism: Technological and social change imperative to progress. Modern: Classical Ideal Reason as Ideal (Habermas) Liberal human subject of Modernity & Colonized Other Notions of the Modern Subject: Alienated worker, Liberal Human Subject, Subject constituted through science and progress The Flaneur Newly organized city for newly available goods of mass consumption: Arcades Arcades: Malls that men with money would stroll through and window-shop items on display. These people are called flaneurs....
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