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The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory


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Introduction Fred Rush; 1. Conceptual foundations of early Critical Theory Fred Rush; 2. Benjamin, Adorno, and the decline of the aura Michael Rosen; 3. The dialectic of enlightenment Julian Roberts; 4. The marriage of Marx and Freud: Critical Theory and psychoanalysis Joel Whitebook; 5. Dialectics and the revolutionary impulse Raymond Geuss; 6. 'The dead speaking of stones and stars': an introduction to Adorno's Aesthetic Theory J. M. Bernstein; 7. Critique, state, and economy Moishe Postone; 8. The transcendental turn: Habermas's 'Kantian pragmatism' Kenneth Baynes; 9. The politics of Critical Theory Simone Chambers; 10. Critical Theory and the analysis of contemporary mass society Hauke Brunkhorst; 11. Critical Theory and poststructuralism: Habermas and Foucault Beatrice Hanssen; 12. The very idea of critical social science Stephen White; 13. A social pathology of reason: on the intellectual legacy of Critical Theory Axel Honneth.

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An illuminating and authoritative guide to Critical Theory by an international team of distinguished contributors.

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Fred Rush is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His main research interests are in Kant, post-Kantian German Philosophy, aesthetics, and social and political philosophy.


"Contributions from major scholars include useful comparative treatments, tracings of the legacies of Marx and Freud, discussions of neglected figures such as Franz Neumann, and interrogations of critical theoryas political efficacy and future." CHOICE May 2005

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