For best experience please turn on javascript and use a modern browser!
You are using a browser that is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please upgrade your browser. The site may not present itself correctly if you continue browsing.

Rationalization. Paradoxes of Closure and Openness 10 November 2021, 14:00 hrs., Aula | Supervisors: René Boomkens; Robin Celikates

Event details of Dissertation Defense Jan Overwijk
Date 10 November 2021
Time 14:00

My dissertation examines the paradoxical logic of contemporary capitalism via a rehabilitation of the concept of rationalization. This concept was originally coined by Max Weber and developed by Critical Theory as a way to theorize the ‘closure’ of modernity by an instrumental type of rationality that became universalized through the rise of bureaucracies, technologies, and markets. In our current neoliberal world, however, this closure is accompanied by what we might call ‘openness’: the fluidity, flexibility, and open-endedness of social life. In the thesis, I synthesize Niklas Luhmann’s sociocybernetics and critical theory to think through the strange paradoxical relations that exist between closure and openness today.