Singularität und Regulierung - 10.1628/thr-2020-0004 - Mohr Siebeck
Theology

Hartmut von Sass

Singularität und Regulierung

Andreas Reckwitz über den Strukturwandel der Spätmoderne

Section: Contribution to the Discussion
Theologische Rundschau (ThR)

Volume 85 () / Issue 1, pp. 72-89 (18)
Published 29.06.2020

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The German sociologist Andreas Reckwitz is among the leading figures to »capture our time in concepts« (Hegel). His book The Society of Singularities and, more recently, the follow-up The End of Illusions draw the critical picture of a three-class-society, and its genesis. Accordingly, late capitalism, the »authenticity revolution« of the early 70s, and new ways of communication have led to the rise of a new middle class leaving a primarily material life-style and self-definition behind for the value of self-expression and a singularised form of life. This paper recapitulates Reckwitz's account and critically comments on it. First, Reckwitz does not enter the obvious and post-Marxist debate in which sense we are living in an era of new »class struggles«; second, the explanatory weight that is put on the class model is too heavy to really explain recent developments and, thus, calls for further specifications; third, Reckwitz's plea for state-based and governmental regulation remains shallow, given his own sketch of how such a politics of intervention might look like; I refer to religion as an obvious example that is a potential tool for bringing different classes together or, at least, for suspending the severe divide between divergent classes. Reckwitz, however, seems to be presupposing the wrong-headed narrative of classical secularisation while religion represents a promising candidate of being itself an important phenomena of singularisation.

ANDREAS RECKWITZ, Die Gesellschaft der Singularitäten. Zum Strukturwandel der Moderne. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2017, 480 S. – DERS., Das Ende der Illusionen. Politik, Ökonomie und Kultur in der Spätmoderne. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2019, 305 S.
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Hartmut von Sass Geboren 1980; Privatdozent für Systematische Theologie an der Universität Zürich und stellv. Direktor des Collegium Helveticum, Universität und ETH Zürich.

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ANDREAS RECKWITZ, Die Gesellschaft der Singularitäten. Zum Strukturwandel der Moderne. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2017, 480 S. – DERS., Das Ende der Illusionen. Politik, Ökonomie und Kultur in der Spätmoderne. Suhrkamp, Berlin 2019, 305 S.