Rethinking the Normative Content of Critical Theory

Marx, Habermas and Beyond

  • Bob Cannon

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

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      Pages 1-7
  3. Part I

  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
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      Pages 91-115
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      Pages 117-133
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      Pages 135-156
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      Pages 181-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-211

About this book


Marxism's chief failing is its substitution of a labour theory of value for the struggles of the labour movement. Consequently, Marxism rests on transhistorical categories that are vulnerable to his own critique of political economy. Jurgen Habermas and Axel Honneth seek to correct this by placing critical theory on a normative foundation. Unfortunately, they restrict this to the cultural sphere. By extending their notion of intersubjectivity to the economic system it can be viewed as an inactive form of morality which social movements influence in the course of their struggles.


capitalism critical theory Jürgen Habermas Karl Marx Marx Marxism Moral

Authors and affiliations

  • Bob Cannon
    • 1
  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

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