Alienation and Reification in the Theory of Communicative Action of Jürgen Habermas: the Human Being as a metric of observation

Resumen


The importance of the concepts of alienation and reification within critical theory is irrefutable. Both notions express one of their main threads of discussion beginning with Marx to the present. However, how must the core of those concepts be understood? What is the relationship between the diagnosis of alienation/reification and the several views of the human being? Also, what is the validity of this debate today? Based on an approach to Jürgen Habermas’ theory, we intend to elucidate the role played by anthropological preconceptions in the explanation and justification of some of the current alienation and reification diagnoses. The thesis supported by this article is that both types of diagnoses would lack explanatory power without a philosophical pre-comprehension of the human being.

Como citar Alvear, Rafael. 2019. “Alienation and Reification in the Theory of Communicative Action of Jürgen Habermas: the Human Being as a metric of observation”. Estudios Públicos 155.

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