Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction by Stephen Eric Bronner

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

byStephen Eric Bronner

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Critical Theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German-Jewish academics who sought to diagnose - and, if at all possible, cure - the ills of society, particularly fascism and capitalism. In this book, Stephen Eric Bronner provides sketches of leadingrepresentatives of the critical tradition (such as George Lukacs and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas) as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations. This Very Short Introduction sheds light on the cluster of concepts and themes that set critical theory apart from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Bronner explains and discusses concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressivetolerance, non-identity and utopia. He argues for the introduction of new categories and perspectives for illuminating the obstacles to progressive change and focusing upon hidden transformative possibilities. Only a critique of critical theory can render it salient for a new age. That is preciselywhat this very short introduction provides.

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Stephen Eric Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director for Global Relations at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University.
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Title:Critical Theory: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:March 18, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsIntroduction: What is Critical Theory?1. The Frankfurt School2. A Matter of Method3. Alienation and Reification4. Enlightened Illusions5. Utopia and its Discontents6. The Happy Consciousness7. The Great Refusal8. From Resignation to RenewalFurther ReadingIndex