By Hans Robert Jauss
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If it were to become the foundation for a new theory of aesthetic praxis, Marx's circulation model would first have to be completed by a revaluation of interaction. "10 To agree with this criticism does not mean that one need base all one's hopes for a new social praxis that would give greater priority to communicative than to instrumental action, and thus restore balance to the triadic relationship of techne, communication, and world view, on the ideal of a domination-free discourse. This hope can be more easily justified when the achievements of the three functions of human action are first demonstrated, where in aesthetic activity techne becomes transparent as poiesis, communication as catharsis, and world view as aesthesis —in that experience of art which maintains the autonomy of human action throughout the historical succession of changing relations of domination.
Adorno's aesthetic of negativity did not have to hide its epochal origin—the bcmrgeois era from its zenith to its decline —and its polemical occasion—the rejection of the contemporary culture industry —behind a claim to theoretical generality which it cannot make good as regards all of preautonomous art. Given the total consumption-andexchange society in the age of an administered world, the paradoxically pointed thesis that "refraining from praxis, art becomes the schema of social praxis" (p. 3 39) can clearly be vindicated.
What does aesthetic experience mean? The following explanation is intended to convey a preliminary idea of the area of research that this question opens up. The forms in which aesthetic experience presents itself are less amply documented in historical sources than are other functions of everyday life such as religious or theoretical ones. In an effort to present the greatest number of facets of the problematic, the following examples are taken from widely scattered sources, chosen from a variety of periods, and not presented in chronological order.
Aesthetic Experience and Literary Hermeneutics by Hans Robert Jauss