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The Handbook of Critical Theory

David Rasmussen (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-18381-5
440 pages
May 1999, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Critical Theory brings together for the first time a detailed examination of the state of critical theory today. The fifteen essays provide analyses of the various orientations which critical theory has taken both historically and systematically in recent years, expositions of the new perspectives which have begun to shape the field, and reflections upon the direction of critical theory.
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List of Contributors.


Editor's Introduction: David M. Rasmussen (Boston College).

Part I: Philosophy and History.

Part II: Social Science, Discourse Ethics, and Justice.

Part III: Law and Democracy.

Part IV: Civil Society and Autonomy.

Part V: Pragmatics, Psychoanalysis, and Aesthetics.

Part VI: Postmodernism, Critique and The Pathology of The Social.

Part VII: Bibliography.

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David M. Rasmussen is Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He is Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy and Social Criticism (1978- ), the Philosophy and Social Criticism Book Series (1995- ), and Cultural Hermeneutics (1973-7). He is the author of Reading Habermas (1990), Symbol and Interpretation (1974), and Mythic-Symbolic Language and Philosophical Anthropology (1971), editor of Universalism vs. Communitarianism: Contemporary Debates in Ethics (1990) and co-editor of The Narrative Path (1989) and The Final Foucault (1988).
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* Contributors represent the best/most distinguished of the critical theorist group.
* The Handbook's comprehensiveness covers all of the associated disciplines and themes: philosophy; history; social sciences; ethics; justice; law; democracy; civil society; autonomy; pragmatics; psychoanalysis; aesthetics; postmodernism; analytic philosophy and social philosophy.
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"This Reader is the most comprehensive, accessible and exciting sample of the major critical theorists available to us in the English speaking world. An invaluable teaching resource as well as an engaging introduction for the interested or uninitiated reader." – Richard Kerney, University College Dublin

"The seven fine essays comprising Parts II-IV of this book (on discourse ethics and justice, democracy and law, autonomy and civil society) join very nicely to provide a lucid and compelling account of current thinking among those who approach the meeting point with political liberalism from the critical-theory side." – Frank I. Michelman, Harvard University

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