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Dogmatischer Dogmatismusvorwurf: Eine Replik auf Stefan Müller-Doohm und Roman Yos [‘Dogmatic Allegation of Dogmatism: A Reply to Stefan Müller-Doohm and Roman Yos’]

Freyenhagen, Fabian (2019) 'Dogmatischer Dogmatismusvorwurf: Eine Replik auf Stefan Müller-Doohm und Roman Yos [‘Dogmatic Allegation of Dogmatism: A Reply to Stefan Müller-Doohm and Roman Yos’].' Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, 67 (1). 42 - 58. ISSN 0012-1045

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Abstract

Does theorising always presuppose a programme of justification? Does the Critical Theory of Adorno and Horkheimer do so? Do they claim it does? The answer should be a resounding ‘no’ to all three question. In regard to the second and third question, I had sketched an argument to that effect in an earlier paper in this journal. In this paper, I offer a rejoinder to the critical reply offered by Stefan Müller-Doohm und Roman Yos on behalf of the Habermasian main- stream in Frankfurt School Critical Theory. This rejoinder depends on giving a negative answer also to the first question. In rejecting the Habermasian idea of a programme of justification, I stand accused of dogmatism and, following on from this, decisionism (for how else than by an arbitrary decision can one choose among dogmas?). I reveal that this accusation itself betrays a certain dogma- tism – insofar as it accepts that such a programme of justification is undeniably possible and required, without consideration of evidence or arguments to the contrary. Self-reflective and critical theorising about society can, indeed must, take other forms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: programme of justification, Frankfurt School, Critical Theory, T. W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Jürgen Habermas, Dogmatism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2019 11:33
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24132

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