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Sheyla Benhabib, Critique, Norm, and Utopia: A Study of the Foundations of Critical Theory. New York, Columbia University Press, , pp. xv. Sheyla Benhabib, Critique, Norm, and Utopia: A Study of the. Foundations of Critical Theory. New York, Columbia University Press, , pp. xv, , $ Critique, Norm, and Utopia has 24 ratings and 3 reviews. Displaying an impressive command of complex materials, Seyla Benhabib reconstructs the history of.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about crutique problem. Return to Book Page. Critique, Norm, and Utopia: Displaying an impressive command of complex materials, Seyla Benhabib reconstructs the history of theories from a systematic point of view and examines the origins and transformations of the concept of critique from the works of Hegel to Habermas.

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Nov 03, Brendan rated it it was amazing. I totally concur with Peter Gathje’s review. I had this book on my shelf for years without reading it.

I attended a very critical theory rich graduate school in philosophy and think it may be even more meaningful and useful to me now as it could have been then. The criticisms she offers at each stage of the main theoretical appropriations I totally concur with Peter Gathje’s review.

The criticisms she offers at each stage of the main theoretical appropriations of a general critical theory of society by Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Habermas are clear and thoughtful. The positive recommendations she argues for in extending critical theory are well-founded.

Benhabib itopia that we can embrace and extend the communicative ethics laid out by Jurgen Habermas. Her suggestion to modify the theory of communicative action to integrate a concept of, and practices with regard to, a ‘concrete as opposed to a generalized other’ lead jorm in very interesting directions. Specifically she calls upon critical theory to integrate into its conceptual framework ideas of ‘friendship’ and ‘solidarity’ and other conceptual discriminations of the ‘concrete’felt, and lived experience of human subjects.

She applies her admirably sharp and focused critical skills to unpacking the consequences of Habermas’ adaptation of Mead’s concept of the ‘generalized other’.

Critique, Norm, and Utopia: A Study of the Foundations of Critical Theory

I think that perhaps her discussion of Adorno is a bit quick with regard to the turn to Mimesis and aesthetics as the location of emanicpation. That is, I think Adorno might have something a bit more to say in retort to her critique that he is still operating under the pretensions of ‘the philosophy of onrm subject’ especially in light of the dialectical unpacking of the art object and its potential in Aesthetic Theory.

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And while this is welcome and persuasive as a critique of Habermas, I think scholarship regarding Mead and Dewey in the 26 years since Benhabib’s book shows that the concrete benhabob was very much a part bennabib their own critical theories of democracy.

That is, as we see in such works as Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, ‘solidarity’, ‘friendship’, ‘need’ and the ‘concrete other’ are ebnhabib much present alongside a demystifying critique of the colonization of the lifeworld by ‘instrumental reason’ in Weber’s sense.

Axel Honneth and Hans Joas in particular have shown this to be the case. But this is just to say that Benhabib has allies in Mead and Dewey with regard to achieving a situtation where the ‘negation of the existent in the name of a future that bursts open the possibilities of the present’. Indeed, as Joas has shown, this is Dewey’s understanding of critiquw in a nutshell.

Dec 27, Michael rated it it was amazing. This is one the best interpretations of Critical Theory and Habermas’ approach to critical theory going. I used this text as an interpretative approach to understanding several of Habermas’ works. It is accessible, straighforward and one of the better books available on critical theory. Sep 17, Andrew rated it it was amazing. Benhabib is an exceptionally clear thinker, and here she takes us through the frustrating terrain of the normativity of critical social rcitique.

It contains a great explanation of what Habermas is trying to do, and how he is differentiated from his predecessors like Hegel, Marx and the Uropia School. It also contains a searching criticism of Habermas’ discourse ethics Where Benhabib accuses Habermas of falling back into the same kinds of problems of his predecessors when he must use philoso Benhabib is an exceptionally clear thinker, and here she takes us through the frustrating terrain of the normativity of critical social theory.

Where Benhabib accuses Habermas of falling back into the same kinds of problems of his predecessors when he must use philosophically historical narratives to privilege his universal pragmatics behhabib other contemporary post-traditional approaches.

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Seyla Benhabib is a Turkish Jewish professor of political science and philosophy at Yale, and director of the program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and a well-known contemporary philosopher. She is the author Seyla Benhabib is a Turkish Jewish professor of political science and philosophy at Yale, and director of the program in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, and a well-known contemporary philosopher.

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