The attitude of a liberal political philosophy towards a technical rationality.

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Since the seventeenth century, Western thinking has been dominated by Cartesian principles. This thinking is built on fixed foundations, aims at certainty and domination, considers the human spirit as a mirror of nature and is essentially technologically oriented; the rejection of the Marxist models of society and the questioning of the social-democratic welfare state resulted in the search for a liberal political philosophy that abandons this claim to certainty. Is it possible to develop a way of thinking that criticises this technical rationality, excludes plurality and prides itself on knowing the essence of man and society and models human life upon a set of predetermined concepts? Is a liberal participatory politics in which civil society plays an important role a possible solution?
Effective start/end date1/01/9731/12/97

Flemish discipline codes

  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies


  • philosophy