Critique, Norm, and Utopia: A Study of the Foundations of Critical Theory

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Columbia University Press, 1986 - Philosophy - 455 pages
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Displaying an impressive command of complex materials, Seyla Benhabib reconstructs the history of theories from a systematic point of view and examines the origins and transformations of the concept of critique from the works of Hegel to Habermas. Through investigating the model of the philosophy of the subject, she pursues the question of how Hegel ́s critiques might be useful for reforumulating the foundations of critical social theory.

 

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Contents

Chapter One The Origins of Immanent Critique
19
Chapter Two The Origins of Defetishizing Critique
44
Transsubjective Ideal of Freedom
84
Chapter Five The Critique of Instrumental Reason
147
Chapter Six Autonomy as Mimetic Reconciliation
186
The Critique of Instrumental Reason
213
Chapter Seven The Critique of Functionalist Reason
224
Chapter Eight Toward a Communicative Ethics
279
Reformulation
297
Notes
355
Bibliography
411
Index
435
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Seyla Benhabib is the author of, most recently, The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt.

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