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Generations of Critical Theory?

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor William Outhwaite



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by BJCT, 2017.

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This article addresses the relation between early critical theory (Adorno and Horkheimer), the work of Habermas and that of what can be called a third generation (Honneth, Benhabib, Fraser). It is suggested that, despite the arguments that can be made for the more speculative approach of early critical theory, there were good reasons for Habermas’s departure from it and that more recent critical theory essentially builds on this approach.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Outhwaite W

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Berlin Journal of Critical Theory

Year: 2017

Volume: 1

Issue: 1

Pages: 5-27

Print publication date: 01/09/2017

Online publication date: 28/08/2017

Acceptance date: 25/08/2017

Date deposited: 25/08/2017

ISSN (print): 2567-4048

ISSN (electronic): 2567-4056

Publisher: BJCT