Habermas’ receptie van het denken van Hegel en Marx in Auch eine Geschichte der Philosophie | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 113, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-5275
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1244



According to Habermas, Hegel has contributed to the development of the paradigm of speech-philosophy insofar as he transformed Kant’s noumenal subject into a free subject that is related to the lifeworld. By interpreting the unity of the lifeworld by means of a philosophical conceptualization of the religious cultus, however, he re-introduces a metaphysical approach in philosophy. Habermas praises Marx because he made this metaphysical approach of the lifeworld undone. His economic determinism, however, cannot be reconciled with the free subject. Habermas’s Hegel-reception is criticized because it misunderstands Hegel’s attempt to conceptualize why it is possible at all to realize freedom in the lifeworld; his Marx-reception is criticized because it ignores that freedom for Marx is only the result of the communist revolution.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): economic determinism; free subject; interaction; lifeworld; religious cultus
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