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New publications by Sonja Lavaert

June 5th, 2018 | Posted by admin in News | Publications

ETHU member Sonja Lavaert, together with colleague of Marburg University Winfried Schröder, edited a book volume titled Aufklärungs-Kritik und Aufklärungs-Mythen. Horkheimer und Adorno in philosophiehistorischer Perspektive that has now been published with De Gruyter

The most rigorous attack launched against the Enlightenment was elaborated in Max Horkheimer’s and Theodor W. Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, which still inspires contemporary critics of modernity and rationality. Their charge that the Enlightenment, instead of promoting emancipation and humanistic values, had in fact catastrophic effects is based both on a general critique of rationality and an analysis of the thought of philosophers whom they regarded as protagonists of the Enlightenment: Bacon, Spinoza, Kant and de Sade. While their general critique of rationality has been intensely discussed in recent decades, historians of philosophy have rarely paid attention to the question (more…)