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- DescriptionCritical theory was one of the most vigorous and insightful intellectual traditions of the twentieth-century. At its core was a critique of culture and consciousness tied to instrumental rationality and capitalist ecomic life. Yet, Michael J. Thompson argues in this highly original book that this once critical tradition has been domesticated - it longer offers a philosophically convincing r politically viable form of social critique. Thompson demonstrates that critical theory has surrendered its concerns with domination, alienation, and the pathologies of capitalist modernity and shifted its focus toward neo-Idealist themes. This new critical theory has turned its back on the insights of the classical critical theorists. Thompson traces how this shift occurred and how we can reclaim critique in an age of conformism, apathy, and depoliticization. He goes on to defend the different aspects of critical theory that can be used to reformulate social critique, one that must be brought into a dialogue with contemporary political, social and moral philosophy that protects the lasting and crucial legacy of critical theory as an emancipatory political project.
- Author BiographyMichael J. Thompson is Associate Professor of Political Science at William Paterson University. He is the author of The Republican Reinvention of Radicalism (forthcoming), The Perversion of Subjectivity: Toward a Critical Theory of Consciousness (forthcoming) and The Politics of Inequality (2007). His many edited volumes include The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Theory (forthcoming) and Georg Lukacs Reconsidered: Critical Essays on Politics, Philosophy, and Aesthetics (2011).
- Author(s)Michael J. Thompson
- PublisherRowman & Littlefield International
- Date of Publication02/03/2016
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintRowman & Littlefield International
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations
- Weight544 g
- Width158 mm
- Height238 mm
- Spine23 mm
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