Critical Naturalism: The Manifesto and Critical Realism


  • Urs Lindner University of Erfurt



Critical Naturalism, Critical Realism, Pragmatism, Frankfurt School, Critical Theory


The prior issue of Krisis (42:1) published Critical Naturalism: A Manifesto, with the aim to instigate a debate of the issues raised in this manifesto – the necessary re-thinking of the role (and the concept) of nature in critical theory in relation to questions of ecology, health, and inequality. Since Krisis considers itself a place for philosophical debates that take contemporary struggles as starting point, it issued an open call and solicited responses to the manifesto. This is one of the sixteen selected responses, which augment, specify, or question the assumptions and arguments of the manifesto.

Author Biography

Urs Lindner, University of Erfurt

Urs Lindner is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Weber-Kolleg of the University of Erfurt. His research interests include egalitarianism, affirmative action, Marx, Critical Realism, memory politics, racism and colonialism. He is currently finishing his habilitation/second book titled An Egalitarian Justification of Affirmative Action: Nonideal Theory and the Scope of Political Philosophy. He has co-edited (with Dimitri Mader) the volume Critical Realism meets kritische Sozialtheorie. Ontologie, Erklärung und Kritik in den Sozialwissenschaften (transkript 2017). 



How to Cite

Lindner, Urs. 2023. “Critical Naturalism: The Manifesto and Critical Realism”. Krisis | Journal for Contemporary Philosophy 43 (1):110-13.