Politics of Culture and the Spirit of Critique: Dialogues

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byAlfredo Gomez-Muller, Gabriel Rockhill

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The idea of "culture" has become central to intellectual debates since at least the end of the 1970s, with the reemergence of longstanding cultural issues becoming an indispensible part of moral and political critique. Additionally, the meaning of culture has expanded beyond its earlier, anthropological meaning to include issues of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation.

Whether informing arguments about a "clash of civilizations" or underscoring the importance of "mainstream multiculturalism," inflated notions of culture are ubiquitous, and their prevalence has generated new concerns. Criticism extends from the commodification of difference and the reification of identity to the further marginalization of outside voices. Refusing to reject the cultural shift in politics yet wholly aware of its potential dangers, the contributors to this volume propose innovative solutions and topical interventions. Seyla Benhabib conceptualizes culture as a hybrid and polyvocal system of action and signification. Nancy Fraser strives to solve the recognition/redistribution conundrum. Judith Butler deconstructs sexual and gender identities. Cornel West rejects Black Nationalism and racial reasoning in favor of a cultural democracy that unites various struggles for equality, and Axel Honneth details a normative account of social integration in terms of mutual recognition.

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The idea of "culture" has become central to intellectual debates since at least the end of the 1970s, with the reemergence of longstanding cultural issues becoming an indispensible part of moral and political critique. Additionally, the meaning of culture has expanded beyond its earlier, anthropological meaning to include issues of eth...

Gabriel Rockhill is assistant professor of philosophy at Villanova University, program director at the Collège 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 Univ...
Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 14, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231526369

ISBN - 13:9780231526364

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Table of Contents

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 Durée
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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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.