Normative learning processes in evolutionary perspective: Remarks on Hauke Brunkhorst’s Critical Theory of Legal Revolutions

Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (10):1047-1051 (2015)


The basic thesis of this article is that with his book on legal revolution Brunkhorst rewrites a dialectic of enlightenment. According to Brunkhorst, learning processes, which lead to the revolutionary institutionalization of a new constitutional order, are triggered by negativity. This begs the following questions. What is the account of the belief in a concurrency of dialectics of enlightenment and the learning process? Why do extreme forms of exploitation and oppression still lead to the learning process?

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Tilo Wesche
Carl Von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

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