Critical Social Theories and Social Philosophy

The working group offers space to explore the history and topicality of positions in social theory and social philosophy oriented towards questions of critique and emancipation. The Frankfurt School tradition provides a central, but not the only, starting point for this. The goal is to address the discursive role and the methods and tasks of critical theories in the light of contemporary debates. Taking different guiding themes as a starting point (e.g. critique of capitalism, alienation, authoritarianism, or relations to nature), we want to discuss these aspects using different theoretical perspectives.