The Ecology of Reason

Schelling, die Kritische Theorie und die Klimakrise

The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School is a theory of crisis with a long history of critical interventions. Yet its voice is barely audible in the context of the environmental crisis. Currently, therefore, the dynamics of the crisis of social relations to nature are increasingly being discussed in theoretical languages that exhibit only a meager social-theoretical and ideology-critical profile. The project assumes that conceptual problems of Critical Theory also play a role in its current disregard of the environmental crisis and that the theoretical elucidation of its own sources represents a starting point for its transformation. The hitherto unsystematized reception of Schelling’s philosophy by Critical Theory serves as a point of contact for this undertaking.