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Critique, norm, and utopia : a study of the foundations of critical theory

Author: Seyla Benhabib
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 1986.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Seyla Benhabib
ISBN: 0231061641 9780231061643 023106165X 9780231061650
OCLC Number: 12189277
Description: xiii, 455 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The critical theory of society: Between practical philosophy and social science --
Part I: The origins of critique --
Chapter One: The origins of Immanent critique --
Hegelian origins --
Hegel's methodological and normative critique of natural right theories --
Marxian transformation: Critique of mere criticism in the pre-1844 period --
Chapter Two: The origins of defetishizing critique --
Hegelian origins: The phenomenological method --
The presuppositions of the phenomenological method: Constitutive activity as labor --
The anthropological transformation of the phenomenological method in the 1844 manuscripts --
Chapter Three: Integrating crisis: Autonomy and ethical life --
Hegel's critique of Kant's moral philosophy --
Expressivist action and the transsubjective ideal of freedom --
Integrating crisis: Healing the wounds of the ethical --
Chapter Four: Critique as crisis theory: Autonomy and capitalism --
The three levels of critique in Marx's Capital --
Fetishism and emancipation --
Systemic and lived crisis: The unresolved tension --
Concluding systematic considerations to Part I: Self-actualizing activity and the philosophy of the subject --
Part II: The transformation of critique --
Chapter Five: The critique of instrumental reason --
From the critique of political economy to the critique of instrumental reason --
The critique of instrumental reason and its aporias --
Chapter Six: Autonomy as mimetic reconciliation --
Autonomy and self-preservation (Selbsterhaltung) --
Autonomy and reconciliation with the "Other" --
Concluding systematic considerations: The critique of instrumental reason and the philosophy of the subject --
Chapter Seven: The critique of functionalist reason --
Communicative action and the paradox of rationalization --
Communicative reason and the integrity of modernity --
Chapter Eight: Toward a communicative ethics and autonomy --
The program of communicative ethics --
The Hegelian objection: A contemporary reformulation --
Communicative autonomy and utopia --
Concluding reflections: Beyond the philosophy of the subject.
Responsibility: Seyla Benhabib.
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A major treatise of social philosophy, which brilliantly demonstrates the creative development of critical theory in America. -- Martin Jay

 
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