Kate Schick

in Gillian Rose

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748639847
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676675 | DOI:

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This chapter concludes the book by arguing that Rose seeks to rehabilitate reason and critique and illustrates this difficult project with reference to Paul Klee's angels: Angelus Novus and Angelus Dubiosus. She maintains that both the ‘enlightened reason’ of liberalism and the abandonment of reason by postmodernism refuse to do the difficult work of the middle and so, in their different ways, abandon critique. For Rose, critique is underpinned by a fuller conception of reason with recognition at its core. It is emphatically against ignorance and works instead towards recognition of ourselves, others, and our location in social and political institutions. It interrogates the silences and masks of abstract liberal equality and it remains with the brokenness of the present, rather than positing a messianic ‘new righteousness’ that would mend actuality. In short, it insists on the pursuit of a ‘good enough justice’ in the here and now.

Keywords: Reason; Critique; Recognition; Liberalism; Postmodernism; Angelus Novus; Angelus Dubiosus

Chapter.  1480 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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