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Jürgen Habermas and the critique to instrumental reason

Grant number: 18/25384-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy - History of Philosophy
Principal researcher:Marcos Severino Nobre
Grantee:Pedro Pacheco e Zan
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


This research aims to investigate distinctions between the two critiques that Jurgen Habermas makes to the philosophical project of both Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer developed in the Dialectic of Enlightenment (wrote by both authors). Habermas presents these two critiques in two different books: the first one, in the last chapter of the first volume of The Theory of Communicative Action, from 198; the second one, in the fifth chapter of The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, from 1985. When investigating and identifying the distinctions between both texts, this research intends to understand if those differences mark an important change between one form of critique and the other, and what philosophical weight those differences have.