November 5, 2019

Seminar on Asger Sørensen’s “Capitalism, Alienation and Critique”

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 12h

Asger Sørensen’s “Capitalism, Alienation and Critique” (Brill, 2019) presents the first volume of his three-volume study on Critical Theory titled “Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy”, in which the author aims to formulate adequate normative frameworks for the conceptualization and, ultimately, overcoming of the contemporary social reality determined by capitalism, and shot through with injustice, domination and existential threats to the survival of humanity. The first volume of Sørensen’s study is devoted to dialectics, a specific method of conceptualizing and analyzing capitalist social reality which at the same time aims to uncover the “truth” of this reality as the truth of injustice and domination (and thus as untruth, since the true, humane society is yet to be realized), and to point to the possibility of organized, rational overcoming of this untrue reality by means of politics. Through the elaboration of his understanding of the dialectical analysis of capitalist modernity, Sørensen develops his unique defense of the “original” vision of Critical Theory as formulated by authors such as Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno and Herbert Marcuse. The book will be discussed in the seminar by Igor Cvejić, Željko Radinković, Predrag Krstić,  Djurdja Trajković, Olga Nikolić, Srđan Prodanović, Gazela Pudar Draško, Bojana Radovanović, Jelena Vasiljević, Marjan Ivković, Milan Urošević (Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory) and author.

Asger Sørensen is Professor of Philosophy of Education at Aarhus University, Denmark. Apart from philosophy of education, his research areas include Critical Theory, critique of political economy – in particular the theoretical perspective of Georges Bataille – and political philosophy. Sørensen’s publications include, among other, “I lyset af Bataille: Politisk filosofiske studier” (2012), in which he develops an original interpretation of Bataille as a dialectical thinker, and “Capitalism, Alienation and Critique” (2019), the first volume of the three-volume study “Dialectics, Deontology and Democracy” (second and third volume forthcoming), in which he formulates a comprehensive understanding of Critical Theory.

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