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4. The programme of social theory

4. The programme of social theory  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2005
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10.1093/actrade/9780192840950.003.0004
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Habermas asks: how is social order possible? He believes that in modern, secular societies social order rests mainly on communicative action and discourse, which help establish and maintain ... More
9. Critical Theory

9. Critical Theory  

Andrew Bowie

in German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Taking as an example the economic crash of 2008–9, ‘Critical Theory’ asks how individual agents or groups of agents could regard their actions as justifiable and rational, while the actual ... More
2. Habermas's new approach to social theory

2. Habermas's new approach to social theory  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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After Habermas published Structural Transformation, he spent twenty years on an intellectual journey. He used this time re-equipping and repositioning himself in respect to the tradition of ... More
6. Critical legal theory

6. Critical legal theory  

Raymond Wacks

in Philosophy of Law: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
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9780191779664
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10.1093/actrade/9780199687008.003.0006
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‘Critical legal theory’ examines how critical thought repudiates what is taken to be the natural order of things, be it patriarchy (in the case of feminist jurisprudence), the conception of ... More
10. Unfinished taskssolidarity, resistance, and global society

10. Unfinished tasks: solidarity, resistance, and global society  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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10.1093/actrade/9780190692674.003.0011
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The Frankfurt School never really thought about the world beyond Europe, the Soviet Union, and the United States. But there exists a global totality in which the most basic principles of ... More
3. Critical theory and modernism

3. Critical theory and modernism  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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The end of the nineteenth century witnessed the birth of an international avant-garde that focused upon alienation, standardization, and the liberation of the individual from constrictive ... More
5. Habermas's theory of modernity

5. Habermas's theory of modernity  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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In addition to the systematic side of Habermas's philosophy there is an historic side. He takes from the likes of Hegel, Marx, and hermeneutic philosophy that both the objects and ... More
German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction  

Andrew Bowie

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German Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction discusses the idea that that German philosophy forms one of the most revealing responses to the problems of ‘modernity’, addressing ... More
3. Spectacles and Eyes to See With: Two cultures in philosophy

3. Spectacles and Eyes to See With: Two cultures in philosophy  

Simon Critchley

in Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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9780191776373
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10.1093/actrade/9780192853592.003.0003
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‘Spectacles and Eyes to See With: Two cultures in philosophy’ asks how we can explain the gulf between analytic and Continental philosophy. As a self-description, Continental philosophy is ... More
Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

Habermas: A Very Short Introduction  

James Gordon Finlayson

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Habermas: A Very Short Introduction provides an overview of Jürgen Habermas's forbiddingly complex philosophy using concrete examples. Habermas is arguably the most influential ... More
1. Habermas and Frankfurt School critical theory

1. Habermas and Frankfurt School critical theory  

James Gordon Finlayson

in Habermas: A Very Short Introduction

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Habermas is known for being at the forefront of the second generation of Frankfurt School theorists. His work is an on-going response to the critical theory of the first generation of ... More
Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)  

Stephen Eric Bronner

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Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction explores the concepts and themes that distinguished critical theory from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Critical ... More
Introductionwhat is critical theory?

Introduction: what is critical theory?  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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Interdisciplinary and uniquely experimental in character, deeply skeptical of tradition and all absolute claims, critical theory was always concerned not merely with how things were, but ... More
1. The Frankfurt School

1. The Frankfurt School  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The Frankfurt School’ provides a brief history of the formation of the Frankfurt School, and biographies of prominent members. The Frankfurt School grew out of the Institute for Social ... More
2. A matter of method

2. A matter of method  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘A matter of method’ outlines how the aims and methods of the Frankfurt school changed. The Frankfurt School took its inspiration from the intellectual framework provided by Western Marxism ... More
8. The great refusal

8. The great refusal  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The great refusal’ outlines the resurgence in critical theory in young intellectuals during the 1970s. Activists in the 1960s saw critical theory in Marxist terms, but the outlook of the ... More
9. From resignation to renewal

9. From resignation to renewal  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘From resignation to renewal’ examines where critical theory has gone wrong, and how it can reorient itself for the future. Critical theory was originally intended as an alternative to ... More
7. The happy consciousness

7. The happy consciousness  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The happy consciousness’ explores how happiness precludes progress, and how this can be overcome. For Hegel and the Frankfurt School, conformism and loss of individuality mark the happy ... More
6. The utopian laboratory

6. The utopian laboratory  

Stephen Eric Bronner

in Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2nd edn)

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‘The utopian laboratory’ explores the notions of aesthetics and utopia. Friedrich Schiller introduced aesthetics as a utopian response to society. The Frankfurt School said that art should ... More

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