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"The attempt to fuse the public and the private lies behind both Plato's attempt to answer the question "Why is it in one's interest to be just?" and Christianity's claim that perfect self-realization can be attained through service to others." --Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity (1989) by Richard Rorty, p. xiii

Pollice Verso (1872) by Jean-Léon Gérôme
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The public sphere is an area in social life where people can get together and freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action. Most contemporary conceptualizations of the public sphere are based on the ideas expressed in Jürgen Habermas' book The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere.

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