Capitalism, Alienation and Critique

Studies in Economy and Dialectics (Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy, Vol. I)


In Capitalism, Alienation and Critique Asger Sørensen offers a wide-ranging argument for the classical Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School, thus endorsing the dialectical approach of the original founders (Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse) and criticizing suggested revisions of later generations (Habermas, Honneth). Being situated within the horizon of the late 20th century Cultural Marxism, the main issue is the critique of capitalism, emphasizing experiences of injustice, ideology and alienation, and in particular exploring two fundamental subject matters within this horizon, namely economy and dialectics. Apart from in-depth discussions of classical political economy and Hegelian dialectics, the explorative and inclusive argument also takes issues with Émile Durkheim’s theory of value, the general economy of Georges Bataille and the dialectics of Mao Zedong.

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Asger Sørensen, Ph.D. (1999) & (1992), University of Copenhagen, is Associate Professor at Aarhus University. He has published extensively on ethics, social and political philosophy and philosophy of education. He currently serves as president of the Danish Philosophical Association.
List of Abbreviations

Presentation: Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy
Interlude: Arguing for Classical Critical Theory: Horkheimer, Marcuse et al.

Part 1: Economy

1 An Alternative Agenda for Political Economy: Durkheim et al.
2 From Restricted Economy to General Economy – and Back: Bataille

Part 2: Dialectics

3 On the Contribution of Dialectics: Plato et al.
4 Totalizing Negativity and Change: Bataille, Hegel et al.
5 From Ontology to Epistemology: Tong, Mao and Hegel
6 Critique presupposes Alienation: Hegel
7 On the Way to Liberation: Marcuse

Postscript: Continuing the Critique of Capitalism and Political Economy
Post-graduate students, faculty and other specialists, e.g. at research academies and academic libraries, interested in social and political philosophy, in particular Critical Theory, Dialectics and the Critique of Political Economy.