Verdinglichung und das Netz der Normen

Wege zu einer Kritischen Theorie des Bewusstseins

Michael J. Thompson 1
  • 1 William Paterson University, Department of Political Science, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, Nebraska
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This paper proposes a reconstruction of Georg Lukács’ thesis of reification by viewing it through the normative theory of consciousness. As I see it, reification of consciousness is the result of the ways that norms that have been patterned by external social systems come to be absorbed into the background structures of cognition. As a result, consciousness becomes increasingly fitted to these normative patterns. A web of norms therefore comes to heteronomously link consciousness and social systems via processes of socialisation. I end with a consideration of how a theory of critical judgment can be used to overcome this reification of consciousness, all the while sticking to Lukács’ basic line of argument.

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