Critique Equals Suffering Plus Society? Towards a New Approach to Critique

Angermuller, Johannes (2021). Critique Equals Suffering Plus Society? Towards a New Approach to Critique. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 10(9) pp. 1–5.

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Abstract

Herzog’s theory of social suffering brings the problem of critique back on the agenda of contemporary social theory and in ways that critical theorists can relate to no matter whether they come with a cold or hot background. While he insists on the nexus of the individuals’ critical energies with their society, the social remains precisely a placeholder that still needs to be filled. Reassessing the critical potentials of the members of society is an important step towards putting critique on the intellectual agenda again. In my contribution, I ask what can critique look like in our contemporary world where a sense of totality has been lost and critique is an activity within a social space whose heterogeneity can no longer be ignored.

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