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Philosophy as Critique of the Mind

The Doctrinal Evolution of Critical Theory

Stanisław Czerniak and Rafał Michalski

The authors trace the essential aspects of the evolution of critical theory from its classics Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno to its leading second- and third generation propagators Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth. They defend the thesis about the «meandering», dialectical character of this evolution. In their polemic with Habermas, both Honneth and Gernot Böhme (who is close to critical theory) refer to the classics, and specially their mimesis concept. The author of the first part of this book argues in favour of this interpretative approach. The author of the second part adds a confrontation between critical theory, Michel Foucault’s philosophy of power and Arnold Gehlen’s philosophical anthropology.
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Part I – Stanisław Czerniak


The Philosophy of Gernot Böhme and Critical Theory. Doctrinal Positions and Interdisciplinary Mediations

My intention in this paper is to answer two quite separate questions in a single interpretational narrative: a) about the philosophical (and often critical) content of Gernot Böhme’s expressis verbis – and, at times, “between the lines” – reference to the legacy of critical theory (especially the philosophical thought of M. Horkheimer, T. W. Adorno and J. Habermas), and b) Böhme’s use of interesting mediatory devices to combine three different philosophical discourses: the philosophy of science, ethics and aesthetics. The three are in fact related – after all, Horkheimer ran comparisons between “traditional” and “critical” theory, Adorno is the father of the original aesthetical theory and Habermas laid the ground for what we call “discursive ethics” – but this is a matter for separate and broader treatment. In this perforce shorter paper I will only attempt some initial reflections on the subject.

1.  Horkheimer’s rationalistic materialism and Böhme’s finalisation of science concept

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