Chapter 2

Popular Cinema, Reflection, and Rational Reconstruction in Education

Reuben M. Castagno


Habermas (1979) views the individual both as an autonomous speaker and as one participating among others within two worlds: the inner and outer. The unification of the inner and outer worlds of the speaker is made possible by the speaker’s discourse-centered act. Communicatively, the speaker has a first-person relation to his/her inner world, a third-person relation to the outer world; and most important a second-person relation to the social world of interaction. This triangulation provides the grounds for the speaker’s autonomy, for a meaningful communication among others, and the possibility of reflection in the form of rational reconstruction (Habermas, 1998).

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