Florida Atlantic Haberma Public Sphere Discussion
Please address the prompt below in a short essay of 700-750 words. I will evaluate your essay according to how well it (1) addresses the prompt (make sure you have carefully read the question and address all parts), (2) incorporates various readings from the course, (3) demonstrates an understanding of essential course concepts, and (4) critically engages with these concepts to present a formidable argument in response to the prompt. Although grammar and writing style will not be formally evaluated, well organized and clearly stated ideas always make the strongest argument. Matthew Woessner’s “A Guide to Essay Exams (Links to an external site.)” offers some useful advice. You can review the rubric I will use to evaluate your essay on this assignment.
Be sure to utilize the course readings from the third module in your response and to include parenthetical citations whenever appropriate (i.e., any time you are summarizing, re-phrasing, or quoting from one of the readings). You may use whatever citation style you choose, but be consistent. If you are citing reading assigned in our course, you need not include a separate bibliography or works cited page. You may, but are not required, to use additional sources. If you use any additional sources, you must cite those as well and include a works cited/bibliography.
Habermas’s account of the rise and fall of the liberal bourgeoise public sphere has been central in intellectual debates about the public sphere. (1) Describe Habermas’s concept of the public sphere, identifying and explaining at least four defining characteristics. Then (2), drawing on arguments made in the course readings as well as your own perspective, describe some of the limitations of Habermas’s concept. Finally (3), explain how you think Habermas’s concept of the public sphere can be useful and/or not for understanding, critiquing, and/or improving our contemporary democratic society. (Note: Fraser’s arguments can certainly help you here, but make sure you’re also including your own analysis.)