One‐dimensional criticism: a Marcusean reflection on Habermas's critical theory1

The European Legacy 9 (4):469-480 (2004)

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Jeff Noonan
University of Windsor
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This paper explores the metaphysical foundations of critical theory in Marcuse and Habermas's postmetaphysical alternative. It argues that Habermas's attempt to free critical theory from a normative conception of life‐activity deprives it of the conceptual tools required to accurately diagnose the fundamental structure of social problems today. It thus concludes that Marcuse's efforts towards specifying a life‐grounded foundation to critical theory must be renewed if the project of human freedom is to be advanced today.
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