Topics of Social Philosophy and Critical Theory 2020/21

Reading Group as part of the Praxis-CFUL activities

Working language: Portuguese

Organizers: Dr. Ricardo Mendoza-Canales ( & Rui Filipe (

Wednesdays, from 17h30 to 19h00, according to the calendar below.

To participate, please send an e-mail to the organizers expressing your interest in taking part in the RG.


Spring Semester 2021: “Alienation/Reification”

The first edition of the reading group on Topics of Social Philosophy and Critical Theory will address the notions of Alienation and Reification along the history and evolution of both terms in the hegelian-marxist tradition (Hegel, Marx, Rubin, Lúkacs), as well its hermeneutical turn after Heidegger and recent approaches in the frankfurtian Critical Theory (Honneth and Jaeggi). It does not aim to provide a full acknowledgement on the topic, but, rather, to trace a panoramic view on how seemingly side-problems such as subjectivation and emancipation are deeply connected with the economical, social and material conditions that constraint freedom and shape social forms of life.



Session 1 | 10 February 2021 (Zoom link here)


Hegel, G.W. (2003). “Independência e dependência da consciência-de-si: dominação e escravidão”. In: Fenomenologia do Espírito. 2ª ed. Petrópolis: Vozes, 126-134. Descarregar aqui.


Session 2 | 3 March 2021

Marx, K. (s.d.). “Trabalho alienado”. In: Manuscritos Econômico-Filosóficos. Retrieved from here.


Session 3 | 17 March 2021

Rubin, I. I. (1987). “A Reificação das Relações de Produção entre as Pessoas e a Personificação das Coisas”. In: A Teoria Marxista do Valor. São Paulo: Polis, 34-43.


Session 4 | 7 April 2021

Lúkacs, G. (2003). “A Reificação e a Consciência do Proletariado. Secção I: O fenômeno da reificação”. História e Consciência de Classe. São Paulo: Martin Fontes, 194-240.


Session 5 | 21 April 2021

Heidegger, M. Ser e tempo. Secções §27 e §§35-38.


Session 6 | 5 May 2021

Honneth, A. (2008). “IV. Reification as Forgetfulness of Recognition”. In: Reification. A New Look to an Old Idea. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 52-74.


Session 7 | 19 May 2021

Jaeggi, R. (2014). Selected pages of Alienation. New York: Columbia University Press.