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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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. Clara marked it as to-read Sep 19, She applies her admirably sharp and focused critical skills to unpacking the consequences of Habermas’ adaptation of Mead’s concept of the ‘generalized other’.

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Nicholas added it Jan 25, It also contains a searching criticism of Habermas’ critiqye ethics To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. That is, as we see in such works benhabin Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, ‘solidarity’, ‘friendship’, ‘need’ and the ‘concrete other’ are very much present alongside a demystifying critique of the colonization of the behhabib by ‘instrumental reason’ in Weber’s sense. Todd rated it liked it May 15, Newton rated it it was amazing Mar 19, Spencer McKay rated it liked it Sep 10, 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.


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Nov 03, Brendan rated it it was amazing. Ageel Ali rated it really liked it May 04, Yasemin added it Apr 12, Kelly rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Mans Ali rated it really liked it Nov 28, The positive recommendations she argues for in extending critical theory are well-founded.

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 other was very much a part of their own critical theories of democracy.

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

Adam marked it as to-read May 04, 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 her in very interesting directions. 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 critique in a nutshell. Sep 17, Andrew rated it it was amazing. William Hackman rated it liked it Jul 01, No trivia or quizzes yet.

Tom Schneitter marked it as behhabib May 20, Return to Book Page. I had this book on my shelf for years without reading it. Refresh and try again.

Jon Gagas marked it as to-read May 23, 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.

Muhammad Alfan marked it as to-read Jan 09, 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. Alexander Struk marked it as to-read Aug 12,