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Ideology: Résumé & Future Perspectives

  • Juli 20, 2018
  • 5:00 pm » 7:00 pm
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, R. 2249 a

This round-table marked the conclusion of the 2018 Critical Theory Summer School on Ideology. It attempted to summarize some strands of the discussions pursued throughout the week and asked specifically about what new directions and impulses should guide ideology critique. Do we need a more comprehensive framework for unifying various analyses, for instance within a …

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Critical Theory and the urge for progress

  • Juli 17, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal

The opening panel of the 2017 Critical Theory Summer School was devoted to the role of progress in Critical Theory. Understood as a kind of learning process or even the trajectory of history overall, progress has played a central role in Critical Theory from the beginning. At the same time, it has been regarded as …

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The Dynamics of Social Change

  • Juli 20, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal

If we take seriously that progress is not just a random improvement but comes about in historical processes, the question of how social change is theorized moves center stage. Is there such a thing as logics of history? Which social theory can best account for transformation?  Is there a type of dynamics specific to progress, …

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Résumé: Progress and Regression

  • Juli 21, 2017
  • 6:30 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, UL 6 R. 2249 a,

This panel served as the wrap-up for the 2017 Critical Theory Summer School. Alice Crary and Anna Katsman opened the discussion with their reports on the week’s discussions, afterwards core questions and debates were revisited by Hauke Brunkhorst, Rahel Jaeggi, Alessandro Pinzani and Martin Saar.

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Maeve Cooke: Forever Resistant? Adorno and Political Protest

  • Juni 22, 2017
  • 6:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, UL 6, R. 2097

While Max Horkheimer defined Critical Theory as the intellectual side of political struggles, Theodor Adorno is notorious for his skepticism vis-a-vis political action, most pronounced in his uneasy relation to the ’68 students movement. Maeve Cooke traces this back to a problematic conception of the (dis-)connection between theory and practice in Adorno’s philosophy. Against what …

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Fabian Freyenhagen: Was ist orthodoxe Kritische Theorie?

  • Januar 26, 2017
  • 6:00 pm » 9:00 pm
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Senatssaal

Critical Theory Roundtable #2 Fabian Freyenhagen: Was ist orthodoxe Kritische Theorie? Max Horkheimer bestimmte 1937 die Kritische Theorie als „vom Interesse an vernünftigen Zuständen durchherrscht“, und damit als die „intellektuelle Seite“ des historischen Prozesses der Emanzipation.  Dieses Interesse lasse die Theorie „auf bestimmte Weise als parteiisch“ erscheinen, „da sie den herrschenden Denkgewohnheiten, die zum Fortbestehen …

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