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3 Marx Today: Critique of Contemporary Philosophy

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This chapter begins with a critique of Jürgen Habermas, whose work represents a direct extension of German critical theory. A second variant of normative social philosophy is represented by the German reception of certain theories of justice that were initially developed in the USA. The chapter addresses this issue by demonstrating that the approach developed by Rawls is an ethicised mirror image of neoclassical theory's reductive model of society. The section on business ethics demonstrates the importance of a historico-theoretical awareness of the problem. The renaissance of pragmatism provides an opportunity for reflecting on the basic structure and genesis of German supernormativism. Thus the various sections of the chapter show up a strong tendency toward the re-Hegelianisation of social philosophy. Returning to Marx, i.e. to one of Hegel's most important critics, is shown to represent a plausible option even from a perspective that remains immanent to theory.

Keywords: German critical theory; Jürgen Habermas; Marx; social philosophy



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