Critical Theory, Intersubjectivity and Forms of Domination

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC16 Sociological Theory (host committee)

Language: English

The turn towards intersubjectivity has played an important part in the recent and contemporary development of critical social theory. The intersubjective approaches of Habermas’ theory of discourse and communicative action and Honneth’s theory of recognition, as well as the related perspectives of Fraser and others, have substantially advanced social theory discussions of normative problems, particularly in relation to the questions of social justice, social identity, cultural reproduction, and social pathologies. Although the turn to intersubjective paradigms in critical theory has generated important and novel conceptions of subordination, the intersubjective approach of critical theory to forms of domination and their diverse global contexts requires further clarification, elaboration and evaluation. This session invites papers that address questions that are relevant to this task and that enhance the critique of domination. These questions include those of whether the normative commitments of the intersubjective turn in critical theory facilitate or limit the analysis and critique of forms of domination. How should critical theory address the reactionary movements that have promoted the return of authoritarianism and populism in various parts of the world? Similarly, how does the Frankfurt School’s thesis of domination being intrinsic to the processes of the scientific and technological rationalization of capitalist society apply today? How can critical theory connect with the marginal and peripheral intellectual perspectives that share its intention of contesting, mitigating and transcending forms of domination?
Session Organizers:
Craig BROWNE, University of Sydney, Australia and Stefan FORNOS KLEIN, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Oral Presentations
Max Horkheimer and the Unbridled Capitalism
Ricardo REGATIERI, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
Social Freedom, the Social Function of Property and Socialism: Revisiting a Classic Theme
Emil Albert SOBOTTKA, Pontifical Catholic University at Porto Alegre, Brazil
What Is Communicative Constructivism?
Hubert KNOBLAUCH, Technical University of Berlin, Germany
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