“For We Born After”: The Challenge of Sustainable Critique

Daniel J. Levine

in Recovering International Relations

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916061
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980246 | DOI:
“For We Born After”: The Challenge of Sustainable Critique

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Why is reification so resilient, and critique so difficult to sustain? Developing a critique of knowledge with its roots in Theodor Adorno’s Negative Dialectics, this chapter shows the depth of the problem in conceptual-philosophical terms and sketches a conceptual path for meeting it.

Keywords: Adorno, Theodor W; animus habitandi; chastened reason; critique of the concept; ethics; hermeneutics; Honneth, Axel; Horkheimer, Max; Kant, identity theory; Immanuel; Kahn, Herman; negative dialectics; non-identity; normative IR theory; positive IR theory; reflexivity; reification

Chapter.  16867 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Theory

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