Faculty Colloquium V: Konrad Ott

The Legacy of Critical Theory for Environmental Ethics and a Hegelian Relaunch of Critical Theory
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Wednesday 19 Jan 2022, 16:00 - 17:30
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The presentation analyses (first) how motives of proponents of Critical Theory (Wittfogel, Fromm, Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse) contribute  to the universe of discourse in environmental ethics.

Integration of these motives into environmental ethics provokes (second) the question of how to continue the tradition of Critical Theory as theory of modern societies. The presentation outlines (third) an ongoing research project which reflects the legacies of Marx and Hegel in Critical Theory. It is argued (fourth) that Critical Theory should step back from Marx to Hegel if it wishes to contribute substantially to the transition to a sustainable post-growth society. Finally (fifth) it is asked how Hegelian Critical Theory can be reconciled with theory of communicative (Habermas).

Konrad Ott was born 1959 in Bergkamen, Germany. From 1981 to 1986, he studied philosophy, history and German philology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main. He is regarded as a representative of the 'Third Generation' of the Frankfurt School. Ott is currently Professor for Philosophy and Ethics of the Environment at Kiel University. From 2000 to 2008 he was a member of the German Advisory Council on the Environment. From 1997 to 2012 Ott was professor for environmental ethics at the University of Greifswald.

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