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Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique


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Acknowledgments Introduction: Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique Gabriel Rockhill and Alfredo Gomez-Muller Critical Theory and the Question of Culture 1. Critical Theory Today: Politics, Ethics, Culture Opening Dialogue Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill 2. Concrete Universality and Critical Social Theory Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill Seyla Benhabib 3. Global Justice and the Renewal of the Critical Theory Tradition Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill Nancy Fraser Critical Perspectives on Cultural Politics 4. Accounting for a Philosophic Itinerary: Genealogies of Power and Ethics of Nonviolence Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill Judith Butler 5. The Present in the Light of the Longue Duree Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill Immanuel Wallerstein 6. A Prisoner of Hope in the Night of the American Empire Dialogue with Gabriel Rockhill Cornel West Culture as Critique: The Limits of Liberalism? 7. Liberalism: Politics, Ethics, and Markets Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Ronan Sharkey Michael Sandel 8. Cultural Rights and Social-Democratic Principles Dialogue with Alfredo Gomez-Muller and Gabriel Rockhill Will Kymlicka Epilogue: Critical Theory and Recognition 9. The Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School and the Theory of Recognition Dialogue with Olivier Voirol Axel Honneth Contributors

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Judith Butler, Cornel West, Axel Honneth, and others on politics, culture, and critical theory.

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Gabriel Rockhill is assistant professor of philosophy at Villanova University, program director at the College International de Philosophie, and the author, most notably, of Logique de l'histoire: Pour une analytique des pratiques philosophiques.Alfredo Gomez-Muller is professor of Latin American studies at the Francois-Rabelais University in Tours and the author of numerous books, including Sartre: De la nausee a l'engagement and Ethique, coexistence et sens.


The scope, precision, and flow of these interviews, as well as the significance and range of the thinkers, make this volume a valuable contribution to critical theory and the philosophy of culture. -- Alia Al-Saji, McGill University A book full of insights. Ten of the world's most important critical theorists reflect on the intersections of biography, history, and theory and the interviews shed new light both on their thought and on the process of thinking. -- Craig Calhoun, University Professor of the Social Sciences, Director, Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University

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