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Reconciliation and Reification: Freedom's Semblance and Actuality from Hegel to Contemporary Critical Theory

Todd Hedrick

Abstract

The critical theory tradition has, since its inception, sought to distinguish its perspective on society from more purely descriptive or normative approaches by maintaining that persons have a deep-seated interest in the free development of their personality—an interest that can only be realized in and through the rational organization of society, but which is systematically stymied by existing society. Yet it has struggled to specify this emancipatory interest in a way that avoids being either excessively utopian or overly accommodating to existing society. Despite the fact that Hegel’s conce ... More

Keywords: autonomy, freedom, critical theory, psychoanalysis, constitutionalism, reification, reconciliation, societal rationalization, legitimacy, mediation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634025
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634025.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Hedrick, author
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University