Course: Reading critical theory

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Course title Reading critical theory
Course code KFHS/B152
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šimsa Martin, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1) Critical theory as Marxist philosophy 2) Critical theory as social research and sociology 3) Critical theory and phenomenology, hermeneutics and linguistics 4) Dialectics of the Enlightenment (Bohman, Horkheimer, Adorno) 5) Structural transformation of the public (Bohman, Habermas) 6) Theory and practice (Bohman, Habermas, Kosík) 7) Knowledge and interest (Bohmann, Habermas) 8) Science and technology as ideology (Habermas) 9) Capitalism, crisis and criticism (Bohman, Habermas, Honneth) 10) Critical theory and pragmatism - communicative behavior (Habermas) 11) Critical theory and ethics - discursive ethics (Habermas, Apel) 12) Critical Theory and Democracy - Facticity and Validity (Habermas, Bohman) 13) Critical theory, globalization and cosmopolitanism (Habermas, Ferrara)

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
Learning outcomes
Introduction to the basic issues of critical theory in relation to social research, the Enlightenment, theory and practice, the public, science and technology, related to the critique of capitalism, liberalism, democracy, globalization and cosmopolitanism.
Orientation in basic texts of critical theory. Ability to critically read and interpret.
KFHS/B130 - Political philosophy

Assessment methods and criteria
Paper or seminar work Colloquium At least 70% active participation in the seminar
Recommended literature
  • Bohman. Critical Theory. Stanford University, 2005.
  • Habermas. Problémy legitimity v pozdním kapitalismu. Praha, 2000.
  • Honneth. Patologie rozumu. Praha, 2009.
  • Horkheimer, Adorno. Dialektika osvícenství. Praha, 2009.
  • Horkheimer. Tradiční a kritická teorie. Bratislava, 2001.

Study plans that include the course
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