New in Le foucaldien: "Should Critique be Tamed by Realism? A Defense of Radical Critiques of Reason" by Frieder Vogelmann

  • Critique, and especially radical critique of reason, is under pressure from two opponents. Whereas the proponents of "post-critical" or "acritical" thinking denounce critique as an empty and self-righteous repetition of debunking, the decriers of "post-truth" accuse critique of having helped to bring about our current "post-truth" politics. Both advocate realism as a limit critique must respect, but Vogelmann defends the claim that we urgently need radical critiques of reason because they offer a more precise diagnosis of the untruths in politics the two opponents of critique are rightfully worried about. Radical critiques of reason are possible, he argues, if we turn our attention to the practices of criticizing, if we refrain from a sovereign epistemology, and if we pluralize reason without trivializing it. In order to demonstrate the diagnostic advantage of radical critiques of reason, he briefly analyzes the political and epistemic strategy at work in two exemplary untruths in politics.

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Parent Title (German):foucaultblog
Publisher:Universität Zürich. Forschungsstelle für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte
Place of publication:Zürich
Contributor(s):Frieder Vogelmann
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2019
Date of first Publication:2019/08/22
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/10
Tag:critical theory; critique; feminist epistemology; latour; post-factual; post-truth
Issue:August 22, 2019
Page Number:1
licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (cc-by 4.0)
Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0