Hartmut Rosa’s Critical Theory of Resonance versus Acceleration: Beyond Paternalism and Totalitarianism?

Disputatio. Philosophical Research Bulletin 12 (24) (2023)
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With his critical theory of resonance, Hartmut Rosa has proposed the basis of a model for normatively criticizing and practically addressing the consequences of social acceleration, and its inherent tendency towards growth and innovation. This model has brought a fresh perspective to Critical Theory, offering a framework to examine a dynamic that permeates virtually all social activities. However, it has also been associated with certain characteristics that could potentially justify two labels always reproached by Critical Theory: paternalism and totalitarianism. To contribute to the ongoing debates sparked by Rosa's work, this article aims to demonstrate how Rosa's approach actively seeks to avoid these accusations, primarily by incorporating the concept of Weltbeziehung [relationships with the world].

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Jose L. Lopez-Gonzalez
Universitat Jaume I de Castelló


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