• ISSN: 2155-7993
  • Journal of Modern Education Review

Art, Emancipation and the Colombian Reconciliation
after the Peace Process

Sergio Bedoya Cortés
(University of Los Andes, Colombia)

Abstract: The following paper seeks to expose under what precepts the relationship between art and emancipation can be given meaning within the framework of the Marxian theory. Here, I would like to present a critique to Marx’s passivity in the relationship with the emancipatory potential which the aesthetic dimension and even artist have. Also, here the spectator can see how Marcuse’s and Adorno’s theories differ just in the first view, but both of them have seen the Aesthetic dimension as a form of increased freedom and subjectivity. The discussion with Soviet and Orthodox Marxism is always latent here, but this will not be an impediment to be able to address the role of the aesthetic dimension, the artist and any creator in today’s neoliberalism. All of the theoretical approaches are a guide to the answer the following question: How art can guide Colombian society to a freer kind of society after fifty years of war and the past process of peace that ended the longest conflict in the Western Hemisphere?
Key words: aesthetics, peace, politics, Marcuse, critical theory

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