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Gillian RoseA Good Enough Justice$
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Kate Schick

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639847.001.0001

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(p.127) Conclusion
Gillian Rose

Kate Schick

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter concludes the book by arguing that Rose seeks to rehabilitate reason and critique and illustrates this difficult project with reference to Paul Klee's angels: Angelus Novus and Angelus Dubiosus. She maintains that both the ‘enlightened reason’ of liberalism and the abandonment of reason by postmodernism refuse to do the difficult work of the middle and so, in their different ways, abandon critique. For Rose, critique is underpinned by a fuller conception of reason with recognition at its core. It is emphatically against ignorance and works instead towards recognition of ourselves, others, and our location in social and political institutions. It interrogates the silences and masks of abstract liberal equality and it remains with the brokenness of the present, rather than positing a messianic ‘new righteousness’ that would mend actuality. In short, it insists on the pursuit of a ‘good enough justice’ in the here and now.

Keywords:   Reason, Critique, Recognition, Liberalism, Postmodernism, Angelus Novus, Angelus Dubiosus

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