Post-foundationalism, Systems Theory and the Impossibility of Critique

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Abstract

Should we drop critique just because of its impossibility? This chapter tries to find a way to eat the cake and have it too, insisting in the meaningfulness of having a critical practice taking as point of departure the impossibility of critique. First, we discuss the classical concept of critique and how it ran into problems as demonstrated in many post-foundational theories. Then, we present the work of Luhmann’s epistemology and its particular problematization of the lack of any stable foundation for critique. Finally, the chapter elaborates on how to respond to the challenges of a foundational critique without abandoning the ambition of committing to a critical sociology.
Should we drop critique just because of its impossibility? This chapter tries to find a way to eat the cake and have it too, insisting in the meaningfulness of having a critical practice taking as point of departure the impossibility of critique. First, we discuss the classical concept of critique and how it ran into problems as demonstrated in many post-foundational theories. Then, we present the work of Luhmann’s epistemology and its particular problematization of the lack of any stable foundation for critique. Finally, the chapter elaborates on how to respond to the challenges of a foundational critique without abandoning the ambition of committing to a critical sociology.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationDiscourse, Culture and Organization : Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power
EditorsTomas Marttila
Number of pages24
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Date2019
Pages343-366
Chapter15
ISBN (Print)9783319941226
ISBN (Electronic)9783319941233
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
SeriesPostdisciplinary Studies in Discourse

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Keywords

  • Post-foundationalism
  • Systems theory
  • Luhmann
  • Critique
  • Critical sociology

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Åkerstrøm Andersen, N., Højbjerg, E., & la Cour, A. (2019). Post-foundationalism, Systems Theory and the Impossibility of Critique. In T. Marttila (Ed.), Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power (pp. 343-366). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94123-3_15
Åkerstrøm Andersen, Niels ; Højbjerg, Erik ; la Cour, Anders. / Post-foundationalism, Systems Theory and the Impossibility of Critique. Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power. editor / Tomas Marttila. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. pp. 343-366 (Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse ).
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Post-foundationalism, Systems Theory and the Impossibility of Critique. / Åkerstrøm Andersen, Niels; Højbjerg, Erik; la Cour, Anders.

Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power. ed. / Tomas Marttila. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. p. 343-366.

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Åkerstrøm Andersen N, Højbjerg E, la Cour A. Post-foundationalism, Systems Theory and the Impossibility of Critique. In Marttila T, editor, Discourse, Culture and Organization: Inquiries into Relational Structures of Power. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. 2019. p. 343-366. (Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse ). Available from, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94123-3_15