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Critical Theory : Current State and Future Prospects - Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Critical Theory

Current State and Future Prospects

By: Peter Uwe Hohendahl (Editor), Jaimey Fisher (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9781571812360
Number Of Pages: 208

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The retirement of the distinguished philosopher Jurgen Habermas from his chair at the University of Frankfurt signalled an important caesura in the history of Critical Theory: the transition from the Habermasian project, to different forms of inquiry in the work of the next generation. This change-over happens at a time when it has become clear that Habermas's systematic exploration of communicative rationality has reached the point where both its achievements and its limitations had become evident. The essays collected in this volume address the problems connected with this transition, partly by returning to the insights of the first generation (Adorno and Benjamin), partly by focusing on questions raised by Habermas's work. Whatever the difference in the authors' positions, this collection gains its unity through their common interest in the significance and value of Critical Theory today and in its future as a philosophical project.


Section I: Introduction

Chapter 1. From the Eclipse of Reason to Communicative Rationality and Beyond Peter Uwe Hohendahl

Section II: Adorno and Benjamin: Reemerging Questions of Epistemology, History, and Aesthetics

Chapter 2. Is Experience Still in Crisis? Reflections on a Frankfurt School Lament Martin Jay

Chapter 3. Mega Melancholia: Adorno's Minima Moralia Eva Geulen

Chapter 4. Stumbling Into Modernity: Body and Soma in Adorno Andrew Hewitt

Chapter 5. Aesthetic Politics Today: Walter Benjamin and Post-Fordist Culture Lutz Koepnick

Section III: In the Wake of JuÌ rgen Habermas: Communicative Reason, Morality, and History

Chapter 6. Critique and Self-Reflection: The Problematization of Morality Christoph Menke

Chapter 7. Dialogical Rationality and the Critique of Absolute Autonomy Brian Jacobs

Chapter 8. Civil Society in the Information Age: Beyond the Public Sphere Jodi Dean

Chapter 9. Between Rights and Hospitality: Cosmopolitan Democracy, Nation, and Cultural Identity Max Pensky

Chapter 10. A Question of Grounding: Reconstruction and Strict Reflexion in Habermas and Apel Peter Dews

Section IV: A Contemporary Challenge to Critical Theory: Systems Theory

Chapter 11. Critical Theory and Systems Theory Wolfram Malte Fues

Chapter 12. Observations on Observations: Some Remarks on Adorno's Aesthetic Theory Harro MuÌ ller

Section V: Epilogue

Chapter 13. Normativity and its Limits: Toward a Residual Ethics in Critical Theory Jaimey Fisher

Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781571812360
ISBN-10: 1571812369
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.44