From the Publisher In this book, Horkheimer surveys and demonstrates the gradual ascendancy of Reason in Western philosophy, its eventual total application. ECLIPSE OF REASON. By MAX HORKHEIMER. New York, Ox- ford University Press, PP. I This book is a remarkably penetrating study of the status. In this book, Horkheimer surveys and demonstrates the gradual ascendancy of Reason in Western philosophy, its eventual total application to all spheres of life, .

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He associates it horkhemer Platonic forms. Mar 23, Mack Hayden rated it it was amazing Shelves: Horkheimer finishes by noting that this research will be aimed at the elucidation of the links between economic structure, psychology, and culture, such that the work of various social scientists and theorists can be brought together to forge an empirically informed picture of society that might replace such previous metaphysical categories as Universal Reason or Spirit.

Horkheimer believes that virtually every element of society is suffering from the glorification of subjective reason as the only reason, which leads, he believes, to the inevitable descent into relativism, which in turn undermines the meanings of every action, and drags society kicking and screaming into a nihilistic abyss.

The Eclipse of Reason is an unrelenting assault on the various disciplines that fall prey to what Horkheimer describes as subjective reason. Horkheimer prefers objective reason out of the three because it doesn’t just seek domination of nature, eeason also understanding. This point, then, provides the space where Horkheimer can link his own materialist theory, and ecllpse work of the Institute, to the broadly Marxian aim of emancipation through overcoming the capitalist order. While the development of the ego is necessary, undue repression of our inner drives leads to pathological results.

Interfaces of the Word. It is broken into five sections: As though it were not already plain: Correcting these problems would require freeing reason from instrumentality, which would mean eschewing formalism. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: He associates the decline in objective rationality in philosophy with a mechanical worldviewdisenchantment and the decline of a belief in a living or holistic reasno.


However, he doesn’t expand too much on what objective reason looks like, so dclipse reads a bit like a rant. The critiques of science and positivism make the same basic points. Each of these four is examined in more depth in the four subsections below.

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Horkheimer suggests that, nice as this sounds, the rise of reason contained in its demystifying character the seed of its own downfall. Martino Fine Books March 6, Language: Under the new form of reason it becomes impossible to discuss the reasonableness of a goal unless it is subservient to another goal. First, the sciences are criticized for being overly specialized.

The task of philosophy is exactly to move beyond the instrumental questions of how best to achieve predetermined ends supplied by an external reality which may or may not have any allegiance to the crushed masses – but instead to question those ends and hold them accountable to humane and liberatory impulses. Horkheimer and his like, however, exist as an absolutely essential foil to orthodox culture and theory. Jan 31, Nick rated it liked it. Reason and its Other: I have had high hopes for it and have not been disappointed.

Horkheimer to HabermasBerkeley, CA: From the Publisher “Max Horkheimer was a leading figure in The Frankfurt School, a renowned body of philosophers and social theorists, including Adorno and Marcuse, who examined critically the changes in and development of capitalist society. Bullshit, Social Integration, and Political Legitimation: We Hold These Truths. Unlike postmodernists who acquiesce in the loss of objective reasoning about ends, or even celebrate it, Horkheimer laments its demise.

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Here he defines individuality in historical consciousness, not just spatial temporal and sensual existence. Science Logic and Mathematics.

Editorial Reviews – Eclipse of Reason From the Publisher In this book, Horkheimer surveys and demonstrates the gradual ascendancy of Reason i From the Publisher In this book, Horkheimer surveys and demonstrates the gradual ascendancy or Reason in Western philosophy, its eventual total application to all spheres of life, and what he considers its present reified domination.

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For a variety of reasons, including obvious social and political exigencies, Horkheimer and his associates would become less and less confident that the oppressed classes could become a force for change. This would be meaningless if particular interests and the needs of the general public intersected not just haphazardly but of necessity. Unsurprisingly mqx the tone of the text as a whole, much of what follows that passage horkgeimer the difficulty of separating oneself from the homogenizing forces of society.

The form of reason Horkheimer praises he calls “objective. Marxists should have been pessimistic since World War I seeing how their ideas failed over the 20th century, but should have realized the fault is Marxism itself and not western civilization. Was going to give this four stars reasn the last essay is good.

Eclipse of Reason by Max Horkheimer

Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. In horkhsimer economically advanced and educated Germany came a fanatical regime which in the course of twelve years tried its best to transform the entire world order.

We also lose our ability to perceive totality or truth, because concepts and facts become over-classified and made easily palatable rather than meaningful. Addresses to the German Nation. I take subjective reason to norkheimer based on the agency of the subject, ends not dictated by the means as with objective reason but means dictated by ends. University of Chicago Press. Here horkhelmer talks about how turning everything into means renders nature beyond its purpose to industry meaningless.

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