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By Benno Herzog

This ebook offers post-Marxist theoretical methods in the direction of social critique and provides discourse analytical instruments for severe learn. How is a normative critique attainable? the writer, operating on the crossroads of sociological discourse research and social philosophy, solutions this question and others to teach how empirical discourse study can be utilized to increase normative critique of societies. Divided into 3 significant sections, Herzog introduces the reader to the theoretical ways to critique, presents instruments for normative reviews of social constructions, and eventually bargains useful examples of theoretical thoughts. The ebook can be of curiosity to these operating within the fields and subfields of discourse research, poststructuralism, hegemony idea, cultural political financial system and significant idea, with an interdisciplinary orientation.<

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What is important in this section is the relation between subordination, self-consciousness, and consciousness on the one hand and the exterior, natural, and social context on the other hand. It is through his work that the slave or bondsman knows about reality. Hegel calls the work concrete negation, in contrast to the mere abstract negation or consumption of the master. Using a Marxist notion, it is the worker who relates to external nature, the production process, and social relations because of his work and his subordinated situation.

In other words, the normative grounds for social critique are those norms that could be found in a discourse free of coercion in a free interchange in which “forceless force of the better argument” is the only thing that governs (Habermas 1971: 137). Here again, it seems at a first glance that we see a reasonable procedure to find norms that can guide us for our purpose of social critique. Therefore, it is no wonder that Habermas’ theory was acclaimed by new social movements in the 1980s. Feminists, anti-racists, and ecological groups—that is, those who do not have the economic lever of the working class—found their capacity to argue as exactly that characteristic able to ground social critique and therefore to change the world.

One of these forms of critique would involve criticizing contemporary society based on the Bible. In this case, we could consult the Bible to determine how community should be and how people should behave. We then would compare the ideal of the Bible with our society and criticize the difference between claims and reality. The same logic would be to take the Quran instead of the Bible, performing a social critique based on Islamic rules. Although these foundations of external critique do exist in our societies, they are quite marginalized.

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