Oldenburg to host Conference on History, Progress, Critique
Publish Date : Monday 9 September 2019 - 16:08
IBNA- 3rd Istanbul Critical Theory Conference in Exile will be held at the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg on September 12-14, 2019.
According to IBNA correspondent quoting philevents.org
, the relationship between historical analysis and critical social praxis has been one of the central concerns of Critical Theory since its beginnings. For critical theorists, historical analysis plays a key role in identifying immanent social forces and potentials as resources for a better society, i.e. for social and moral progress.
While it was sufficient for the first generation of critical theorists to adopt a non-vulgarized version of historical materialism – perhaps with a Nietzschean ‘genealogical proviso’ – as a method of analysis, the experiences of the Second World War and the Holocaust made it necessary to radically rethink the naive teleological assumptions inherent in the notion of progress provided by German Idealism and Marxism.
Critical Theory found itself confronted with the problem of grounding historical analysis on an alternative conception of philosophy of history. The need to rethink philosophy of history found its first expression in the seminal work of Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, the Dialectic of Enlightenment. Since then, any substantial reorientation of Critical Theory has required a reassessment of the philosophy of history and its key notions.
Topic areas of the conference are: History of Western Philosophy, Miscellaneous; Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality; Social and Political Philosophy.