• Habermas and the Project of Immanent Critique

    Author(s):
    Titus Stahl (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Philosophy
    Subject(s):
    Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Immanent Critique, Jürgen Habermas
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6260T
    Abstract:
    According to Jürgen Habermas, his Theory of Communicative Action offers a new account of the normative foundations of critical theory. Habermas’ motivating insight is that neither a transcendental nor a metaphysical solution to the problem of normativity, nor a merely hermeneutic reconstruction of historically given norms, is sufficient to clarify the normative foundations of critical theory. In response to this insight, Habermas develops a novel account of normativity, which locates the normative demands of critical theory within the socially instituted practice of communicative understanding. Although Habermas has claimed otherwise, this new foundation for critical theory constitutes a novel and innovative form of "immanent critique." To argue for and to clarify this claim, I offer, in section 1, a formal account of immanent critique and distinguish between two different ways of carrying out such a critique.
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    Pre-Review Author Version
    Metadata:
    Published as:
    Journal Article
    Pub. DOI:
    10.1111/1467-8675.12057
    Publisher:
    Wiley-Blackwell
    Journal:
    Constellations
    Volume:
    20
    Issue:
    4
    Start Page:
    533
    End Page:
    552
    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    7 months ago
    License:
    All Rights Reserved

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