HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 14 no. 1 (2013)

Self-reflection in Critical Social Theory: Kant, Hegel, and Marx

Danilo S. Alterado

Discipline: Philosophy



Critical Social Theory’s search for a normative ground of its engagement in the critique of contemporary societies is essentially founded on a reflexive way of thinking. Arguably, this can be traced back from modernity—specifically to Kant, Hegel, and Marx. This paper will demonstrate how the Kantian, Hegelian, and Marxian practices of self-reflection inform the concept of social critique. By an adequate understanding of self-reflection, we secure the methodological foundation of critical social theory.