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The Direction of Contemporary Critical Theory: A Response to Amy Allen's The Politics of Our Selves

The Diversity of Social Theories

ISBN: 978-0-85724-821-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-822-0

ISSN: 0278-1204

Publication date: 12 October 2011

Abstract

This review essay of Amy Allen's The Politics of Our Selves focuses on the book's excellent work in addressing some of the centermost philosophical and metaphilosophical problems in contemporary critical theory. I first consider the book's intricate discussions of the work of Habermas and Foucault. I then leverage these discussions to pose a question that is crucial for contemporary critical theory. The crucial question concerns the metaphilosophical status of critical theory with respect to what we ought to expect contemporary critical theory to do. What is the best way of interpreting critical theory as a philosophical project?

Citation

Koopman, C. (2011), "The Direction of Contemporary Critical Theory: A Response to Amy Allen's The Politics of Our Selves", Dahms, H.F. (Ed.) The Diversity of Social Theories (Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Vol. 29), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 91-103. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0278-1204(2011)0000029008

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