Lecture by University of Oregon Philosophy Professor Rocio Zambrana

Please join the Philosophy Department for a guest lecture by Dr. Rocío Zambrana from University of Oregon, Department of Philosophy

Title: Adorno & Horkheimer, Castro-­‐Gómez, Quijano on Rationality, Modernity, Totality


Abstract: In this paper, I examine three concepts that have been at the center of Critical Theory since its inception in Hegel and Marx—modernity, rationality, and totality. Adorno and Horkheimer’s Dialectic of Enlightenment, I argue, is exemplary in developing both the promise as well as the perils of these conceptions. In order to develop what I see as the promise of theDialectic of Enlightenment, I examine Santiago Castro-­‐Gómez and Aníbal Quijano’s critical engagement with Adorno and Horkheimer’s text as well as the problems that it famously develops. With this analysis, I begin to suggest that the future of Critical Theory depends on its ability to respond to the decolonial challenge.

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