PRINT January 1983


Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Critical Essays

From one perspective, in Critical Essays Hans Magnus Enzensberger is attacking cultural clichés, especially those that occur by and in language. Cliché: “Art concerns, allows, comes from purity of mentality or of the human soul.” “What is going on in our minds has always been, and will always be, a product of society” (page 1). Mind has always been shaped; remember that in Western civilization culture—or that which historians recognize as culture—coming from anywhere but the more privileged classes is a fairly recent human invention. Only now the mind is considered to be a temple. The forces that shape it are hidden. “Only when the processes that shape our minds become opaque, enigmatic, inscrutable for the common man, only with the advent of civilization, did the question of how our minds are shaped arise in earnest. The mind-making industry is really a product of the last

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