Verdinglichung als Pathologie zweiter Ordnung

Stahl, T., 4-Nov-2011, In : Deutsche Zeitschrift fur Philosophie. 59, 5, p. 731-746

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Although the critique of reification is a core commitment of critical theories, there is no widely accepted account of its normative foundation. In Lukács’s original analysis, this foundation is provided by a strong concept of practice which is, however, not acceptable from a contemporary point of view. I argue that the systematic character of reification theory can only be upheld if this concept is replaced by a more intersubjective notion of normative practices. Reification can then be analysed as a second-order pathology of social practices, as an inhibition of reflexivity by their normative shape. The normative justification of such critique, however, turns out to be more context-dependent than it is usually imagined.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)731-746
JournalDeutsche Zeitschrift fur Philosophie
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4-Nov-2011
Externally publishedYes


  • reification, second-order pathology, social pathology, Georg Lukács

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