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Was ist orthodoxe Kritische Theorie?

Freyenhagen, F (2016) 'Was ist orthodoxe Kritische Theorie?' Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 65 (3). 456 - 469. ISSN 0012-1045

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Lukács’ famously asked: “What is orthodox Marxism?” His answer was that a certain method was quintessential. What if we ask the orthodox question about Critical Theory? The answer in this case, I propose, is not a particular method. Moreover, what’s critical about Critical Theory is also not – contrary to prevailing opinions in the literature – a program of justification. In fact, only without such a program can Critical Theory be adequately and appropriately critical. The position I advocate returns to insights from Horkheimer’s writings of the 1930s (and Adorno’s work). Indeed, it is also orthodox in another sense: taking the conviction of a partisan interest – the interest in abolishing social injustice, misery and unfreedom – as the only general criterion for Critical Theory. Its task is to contribute to the struggle against the aforementioned negative elements through conceptual work, self-reflection, and a critical appropriation of the genuine insights of traditional theorising. I conclude by outlining briefly the implications of this position for the mode of approaching social philosophy (and specifically the idea of social pathology).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Critical Theory, program of justification, Horkheimer, Adorno, social pathology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Fabian Freyenhagen
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2016 10:19
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2018 01:00

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