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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie

Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung

Ed. by Demmerling, Christoph / Esser, Andrea Marlen / Krüger, Hans-Peter / Menke, Christoph

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Volume 59, Issue 5


Verdinglichung als Pathologie zweiter Ordnung

Titus Stahl
Published Online: 2011-11-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2011.0059


Although the critique of reification is a core commitment of critical theories, there is no widely accepted account of its normative foundation. In Lukács’s original analysis, this foundation is provided by a strong concept of practice which is, however, not acceptable from a contemporary point of view. I argue that the systematic character of reification theory can only be upheld if this concept is replaced by a more intersubjective notion of normative practices. Reification can then be analysed as a second-order pathology of social practices, as an inhibition of reflexivity by their normative shape. The normative justification of such critique, however, turns out to be more context-dependent than it is usually imagined.

Keywords: Critical Theory; intersubjectivity; Lukács; normativity; reification

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Published Online: 2011-11-04

Published in Print: 2011-11-01

Citation Information: Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie Zweimonatsschrift der internationalen philosophischen Forschung, Volume 59, Issue 5, Pages 731–746, ISSN (Print) 0012-1045, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/dzph.2011.0059.

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