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Thomas Osborne

did not belittle the importance of the aesthetic principle for all that – indeed, he emphasised its importance all the more, precisely because of the likelihood of its redundancy. The death of art, which, after all, has been with us for a long time, does not mean that the principle of art – as an ultimately ethical ideal entwined with the pursuit of autonomy – is dead: not least in so far as reflection on art (perhaps of the sort embodied by the kinds of modern cultural theory we have been considering here) itself serves to reactivate the memory and possibility of

in The structure of modern cultural theory