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Kritická teória spoločnosti a problém globálneho uznania
A critical theory of society and the problem of global recognition

Author(s): Martin Solík
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Ústav politických vied Slovenskej akadémie vied
Keywords: Prague school of critical theory; global recognition; transcultural turning point; environment; subordinate social groups; struggle for recognition; M. Hrubec; disregard

Summary/Abstract: In the presented polemical contribution we seek to highlight the importance of the Prague School of critical theory. Today we are witnessing the loss of a sense of context. A voluminous treatise Critical Theory of Society, subtitled the Czech Context, by Marek Hrubec et al., which provides a basis for our considerations in the presented polemic, is a kind of invitation to the critical theory as a whole, with a projection of potential avenues of development. We focus on the chapters by authors who belong to the said Prague school of critical theory, whereby the central themes in their exposition are the recognition paradigm elaborated at the international and global levels and the emerging paradigm of global interactions. The authors of the book have undertaken to address issues that emerge at the transnational level; it is therefore appropriate to ask how the representatives of the Prague School of critical theory want to resolve problems of transnational character, whose solution is not contingent on the decisions of social scientists from central Europe? The answer should be sought in Filosofie a sociálni vědy (Philosophy and social sciences), where, in addition to translations of Honneth, Habermas, Walzer, Taylor, Fraser, Fine, and others, one can find original texts by Cohen, Ferrara, Sklair, Ihara, Harris, Flynn, Onuma, Othman, Chan, Rosemont as well as those by Iris Marion Young, Arlie Hochschild, Thomas Pogge, Nicolaus Tideman, Peter Vallentyne, Samuel Bowles, Tong Shijun, William J. Robinson, Yash Ghai or David B. Wong. While this list is not exhaustive, what is important is that the development of critical theory in the Czech setting may spark a considerable and constructive discussion, which may influence the philosophers and social scientists from other countries. The book Critical theory of society is probably one the most interesting and thought-provoking initiatives within the research studies of critical theory today. New analyses offered by the Prague School of critical theory in its book, alongside the titles to which it refers, are of fundamental importance to the research into, and future development of, critical theory both in terms of the theme elaborated in the book and the relevance of its potential impact.

  • Issue Year: VII/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 77-84
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Slovak