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  Postmodern Thought
Postmodernism and its Critics (Shannon Weiss & Karla Wesley)
Critical Theory and the Limits of Sociological Positivism (R. George Kirkpatrick) mirror
O Ruairc (2003) The Politics of Despair: The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School
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  Critical Theory (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
According to these theorists, a “critical” theory may be distinguished from a “traditional” theory according to a specific practical purpose: a theory is critical to the extent that it seeks human emancipation, “to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them” (Horkheimer 1982, 244).
Critical Theorists attempt to fulfill potentially two desiderata at the same time: first, they want to maintain the normativity of philosophical conceptions such as truth or justice, while at the same time they want to examine the contexts in which they have developed and may best be promoted practically.
The lesson for a critical theory of globalization is to see the extension of political space and the redistribution of political power not only as a constraint similar to complexity but also as an open field of opportunities for innovative, distributive, and multiperspectival forms of publicity and democracy.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/critical-theory   (18974 words)

  Critical theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first meaning of the term critical theory was that defined by Max Horkheimer of the Frankfurt School of social science in his 1937 essay Traditional and Critical Theory : critical theory is social theory oriented toward critiquing and changing society as a whole, in contrast to traditional theory oriented only to understanding or explaining it.
Horkheimer wanted to distinguish critical theory as a radical, emancipatory form of Marxian theory both from the model of science put forward by logical positivism and from what he and his colleagues perceived as the covert positivism and authoritarianism of orthodox Marxism and Communism.
Critical theory in literature and the humanities in general does not necessarily involve a normative dimension, whereas critical social theory does, either through criticizing society from some general theory of values, norms, or oughts, or through criticizing it in terms of its own espoused values.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Critical_Theory   (1351 words)

 Critical theory (Frankfurt School) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is a discussion of critical theory as the phrase is used by the Frankfurt School.
In literature and literary criticism and cultural studies, by contrast, "critical theory" means something quite different, namely theory used in criticism.
The original critical social theorists were Marxists, and there is some evidence that in their choice of the phrase "critical theory of society" they were in part influenced by its sounding less politically controversial than "Marxism".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Critical_theory_(Frankfurt_School)   (643 words)

 Critical Theory
Critical Theory has been deeply concerned with the fate of modernity, and has offered systematic and comprehensive theories of the trajectory of modernity, combined with critical diagnoses of some of the latter’s limitations, pathologies and destructive effects – while providing defenses of some of its progressive elements.
Critical theory began by putting Marxian political economy at the centre of analysis, and early critical theory was materialist and committed to socialism.
Critical theory thus developed an approach which incorporated both the economic and material, and an analysis of individuals and their social psychology, attempting to deal with aspects of what we might refer to as the agency-structure issues today.
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 Rage & Hope: Overview of Critical Theory
Critical Theory is a broad tradition based upon the use of the critique as a method of investigation (McCarthy, 1991).
It is possible that critical theory is the "revival in high culture of the conceptual agility which held primitive cultures in bond" (Broderick, 1997).
It may be that critical theory is the "intellectual return of that repressed hunger for coherence, even if that yearning is expressed, paradoxically, in a discourse feverish with multiplicity, fracture, ingenious dissemination and pun" (Broderick).
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Critical theory from 1930 to mid 1960 was certainly on the cutting edge of social theory.
With his novel One Dimensional Man he influenced a generation of 60s radicals and introduced critical theory to the new generation of critical scholars and activists.
Critical theory (as understood by Marcuse), links the practical descriptive process of revealing appearance with what could be (essence).
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However, critical theory denies that "modernity" is exemplified once and for all by the type of atomistic, authoritarian, consumer oriented culture we enjoy in the West.
Thus critical theory agrees with instrumentalism in rejecting the fatalism of an Ellul or a Heidegger.
Critical theory argues that technology is not a thing in the ordinary sense of the term, but an "ambivalent" process of development suspended between different possibilities.
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 "Critical Theory Today", Kellner
Critical theory from the 1930s through the 1960s was arguably on the cutting edge of social theory.
[1] The critical theorists were among the first to analyze the new configurations of state and economy in the social formations of state capitalism.
III.Recent scholarship in critical theory, evident in the essays in this issue, has involved historical studies of the stages of critical theory and re-examinations of the classical texts, facilitated by the publication of complete editions in German and English translations which have made available a wealth of new texts.
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 Critical Theory Institute
The Critical Theory Institute provides a locus for the conduct and support of collaborative, interdisciplinary research focused on the theoretical underpinnings of such fields as history, literature, philosophy, art and politics.
In the 1999-2000 academic year the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine began its new three-year research project, “The Futures of Property and Personhood.” In its focus on property, the topic explores the challenges to social and cultural theory posed by privatization and its broader political, cultural and institutional effects.
Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine begins a new three-year project devoted to the general topic of "globalization" and a critical analysis of just what forces constitute "globalization" as the term and its related concepts are used today.
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 Centre for Critical Social Theory
The Centre for Critical Social Theory is the institutional base for the Social and Political Thought Graduate Programme.
Critical social theory can be thought of broadly as covering the interactions between the explanatory, the normative and the ideological dimensions of social and political thought.
As such, critical social theory bridges the usual divides in social thought between explanation and justification, between philosophical and substantive concerns, between 'pure' and 'applied' theory, and between contemporary thinking and the study of earlier thinkers.
www.sussex.ac.uk /spt/1-4-5.html   (324 words)

 UCC English   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Critical Theory is one of the names given to a series of new approaches to the study of culture, literature and thought that developed during the 1960s, primarily in France.
Critical Theory is a way of thinking that encourages us to critically approach our assumptions about ourselves and the world.
Critical theory is an integral part of the English Studies degree at Chichester.
www.ucc.ac.uk /english/html/what_is_critical_theory.html   (310 words)

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