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    Beyond the postmetaphysical turn: ethics and metaphysics in critical theory

    Reeves, Craig (2016) Beyond the postmetaphysical turn: ethics and metaphysics in critical theory. Journal of Critical Realism 15 (3), pp. 217-244. ISSN 1476-7430.

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    This article explores the relationship between ethics and metaphysics in critical theory through immanent criticism of Fabian Freyenhagen's reconstruction of Adorno. Endorsing Freyenhagen's overall defence of Adorno's position, it argues that several important features of Adorno's position as Freyenhagen interprets it can be made intelligible only on broadly Aristotelian metaphysical presuppositions. These should be thematized explicitly rather than ignored. Moreover, these metaphysical presuppositions are on independent grounds plausible, as recent Aristotelian and critical realist work has indicated, and special difficulties arising for them in the context of a radical negative critical theory can probably be overcome. Further conversation between critical theorists, Aristotelians and critical realists should prove fruitful in elaborating and defending a radical critical theory alternative to the dominant postmetaphysical paradigm. Progress in this direction, though, will entail rejecting the basic postmetaphysical premise that critical theory must proceed in a metaphysically neutral way.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Adorno, Aristotelianism, critical realism, critical theory, ethics, Freyenhagen, metaphysics
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Law School
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 11:17
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:30


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