Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie

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Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie

Ed. by Elbe, Ingo / Ellmers, Sven / Hesse, Christoph / Schlaudt, Oliver / Schmieder, Falko

Aims and Scope

The journal provides a forum for a multidisciplinary academic discussion of critical social theories. Taking up an initial idea of the Frankfurt School, it seeks to combine various disciplines such as philosophy, sociology, psychology, history as well as cultural and media studies with a contemporary approach to the critique of political economy, thereby not confining the idea of critical social theory itself to a particular scholarly tradition.

Current Special Topics:
01/2014: Natur und Gesellschaft
02/2014: Critical Realism
01/2015: Was bedeutet Kritik heute?
02/2015: Aktuelle Fragen der Politischen Ökonomie
01/2016: Technik und Technikdiskurse
02/2016: Materialistische Ästhetik

German, English
Type of Publication:

Academics (Philosophy, Social Sciences), Libraries, Institutes

Submission of Manuscripts

Technology and Discourses on Technology

Within the last century, a seemingly  broad consensus has developed that we live in an “Age of Technology,”  or even an age of modern technology. In this sense, it is often asserted that technology has transcended its traditional role as an object of utility and has instead become a life-determining factor, both for the individual, and society as a whole. Technology understood as a “means to X” has been replaced either with a utopian vision of technological progress as panacea, one capable of solving all modern-day maladies (such as the environmental crisis), or in a contrasting yet equally naive fashion, decried as the source of all evil. The latter group sees a technology which has freed itself from the confines of the old “means to X” equation, now a spectre with a life of its own. This view is common among the reactionary authors of the conservative revolution (Spengler, Jünger, Heidegger, Gehlen), for whom the “Fate Technology” ultimately also needed to serve as an excuse for the Holocaust; however, “instrumental reason” was also sharply criticized by the Frankfurt school, and in later works from Habermas (The Future of Human Nature) and Böhme (Invasive Technification), in which technology is presented as a constant threat to humanity.

When Ernst Bloch denounced genetic engineering in the words: “Not in Capitalism!,” he nonetheless maintained the distinction between technology as means and its societal purpose (X), just as Marx had in the machine-chapter of Capital.  On the other hand it is clear, that he, too, did not have access to a critical concept of technology which would have permitted him to delineate the precise relationship between technology, society and the individual within society. For example, was there indeed a break between old and new technology as Heidegger postulated (a break now widely accepted by Postmodernism)? And further, what is to be expected from technology in the future? Such questions are further complicated by the erosion which has occurred to the unreflected division between a “neutral” technology and its societal consumption due to the continued scrutiny of the separation of facts and values.

For these reasons we will devote the fifth issue (1/2016) of the Zeitschrift für kritische Sozialtheorie und Philosophie to the topic of “Technology and Discourses on Technology,” and invite submissions addressing the questions of technology and society, technology in critical theory, and discourses on technology.

Submitted manuscripts should
- be written in English or German with an abstract in English and German;
- count 60.000 signs max.;
- be ready for blind peer reviewing;
- be send to the editors of the special issue, Oliver Schlaudt oliver.schlaudt@urz.uni-heidelberg.de and Christian Voller christian.voller@leuphana.de

Submission deadline for abstracts is 2/1/2015, final drafts no later than 7/1/2015

For further informations and instructions for authors see:


I. Elbe, Oldenburg, Germany; S. Ellmers, Hagen, Germany; Ch. Hesse u. F. Schmieder, Berlin, Germany.

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Editorial Office

Ingo Elbe, Oldenburg
Sven Ellmers, Hagen
Jan Eufinger, Bochum
Christoph Hesse, Berlin
Florian Hessel, Bochum
Oliver Schlaudt, Heidelberg
Falko Schmieder, Berlin

email: zsp@degruyter.com

Editorial Advisory Board

Andreas Arndt, Berlin
Thomas Bedorf, Hagen
Christine Blättler, Kiel
Matthias Bohlender, Osnabrück
Detlev Claussen, Hannover
Helmut Dahmer, Wien
Oliver Flügel-Martinsen, Bielefeld
Gideon Freudenthal, Tel Aviv
Raymond Geuss, Cambridge
Maurice Godelier, Paris
Hermann Haarmann, Berlin
Michael Heinrich, Berlin
Helmut Heit, Berlin
Martin Jay, Berkeley
Cornelia Klinger, Tübingen
Friedrike Kuster, Wuppertal
Stephan Lessenich, München
Susanne Lüdemann, Chicago
Günther Mensching, Hannover
Jannis Milios, Athen
Moishe Postone, Chicago
Smail Rapic, Wuppertal
Jürgen Ritsert, Frankfurt am Main
Hartmut Rosa, Jena
Matthias Rothe, Minnesota
Ulrich Ruschig, Oldenburg
Samuel Salzborn, Gießen
Hans-Ernst Schiller, Düsseldorf
Michael Städtler, Münster
Christine Zunke, Oldenburg

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