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Sartre and Adorno
Sartre and Adorno (August 2007)
The Dialectics of Subjectivity
David Sherman - Author

Systematic comparison of Sartre and Adorno that focuses on their theories of the subject.

Focusing on the notion of the subject in Sartre’s and Adorno’s philosophies, David Sherman argues that they offer complementary accounts of the subject that circumvent the excesses of its classical formation, yet are sturdy enough to support a concept of political agency, which is lacking in both poststructuralism a...(Read More)
The Real Gaze
The Real Gaze (March 2007)
Film Theory after Lacan
Todd McGowan - Author

2008 Gradiva Award, Theoretical Category, presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

Examines the gaze in Lacanian film theory.

The Real Gaze develops a new theory of the cinema by rethinking the concept of the gaze, which has long been central in film theory. Historically film scholars have located the gaze on the side of the spectator; however, To...(Read More)
Surplus (February 2007)
Spinoza, Lacan
A. Kiarina Kordela - Author

Maintains that Lacanian psychoanalysis is the proper continuation of the line of thought from Spinoza to Marx.

Opposing both popular “neo-Spinozisms” (Deleuze, Negri, Hardt, Israel) and their Lacanian critiques (Zizek and Badiou), Surplus maintains that Lacanian psychoanalysis is the proper continuation of the Spinozian-Marxian line of thought. Author A. Kiarina Kordela argues that both ...(Read More)
Reading Borges after Benjamin
Reading Borges after Benjamin (February 2007)
Allegory, Afterlife, and the Writing of History
Kate Jenckes - Author

Together with original readings of some of Benjamin’s finest essays, this book examines a series of Borges’s works as allegories of Argentine modernity.

This book explores the relationship between time, life, and history in the work of Jorge Luis Borges and examines his work in relation to his contemporary, Walter Benjamin. By focusing on texts from the margins of the Borges canon—including the ear...(Read More)
Democratizing Technology
Democratizing Technology (October 2006)
Andrew Feenberg's Critical Theory of Technology
Tyler J. Veak - Editor

The first volume to critically engage the work of Andrew Feenberg.

Largely because of the Internet and the new economy, technology has become the buzzword of our culture. But what is it, and how does it affect our lives? More importantly, can we control and shape it, or does it control us? In short, can we make technology more democratic? Using the work of Andrew Feenberg, one of the most important and original fig...(Read More)
Speaking from Elsewhere
Speaking from Elsewhere (October 2006)
A New Contextualist Perspective on Meaning, Identity, and Discursive Agency
Jose Medina - Author

Develops a contextualist view of identity, agency, and discursive practices.

In Speaking from Elsewhere, author José Medina argues for the critical and transformative power of speech from marginalized locations by articulating a contextualist view of meaning, identity, and agency. This contextualism draws from different philosophical traditions (Wittgenstein, pragmatism, and feminist theory) and crosses...(Read More)
On Jameson
On Jameson (December 2005)
From Postmodernism to Globalization
Caren Irr - Editor
Ian Buchanan - Editor

Offers an interrogation of Jameson's critical legacy.

One of the leading figures in the debate over postmodernism in the 1980s and 1990s, Fredric Jameson is regarded as the most important Marxist theoretician and cultural critic writing in America today. Although Jameson's significance as a global intellectual has been widely recognized for some time, none of the literature covers the full range of his work. This timely ...(Read More)
The Promise of Memory
The Promise of Memory (September 2005)
History and Politics in Marx, Benjamin, and Derrida
Matthias Fritsch - Author

Argues for a closer connection between memories of injustice and promises of justice as a means to overcome violence.

Rereading Marx through Walter Benjamin and Jacques Derrida, The Promise of Memory attempts to establish a philosophy of liberation. Matthias Fritsch explores how memories of injustice relate to the promises of justice that democratic societies have inherited from the Enlightenment. Focusing on t...(Read More)
Aftereffects of Knowledge in Modernity
Aftereffects of Knowledge in Modernity (April 2004)
Politics, Aesthetics, and Individuality
Martin Leet - Author

Examines the relations among knowledge, politics, aesthetics, and individuality.

The relentless accumulation of knowledge is a defining feature of modern life, but what if this feature begins to breed more confusion than enlightenment? Martin Leet examines how the often ambiguous and sometimes destabilizing aftereffects of knowledge have prompted a renewed interest in aesthetics and individuality in parts of contempor...(Read More)
Ricoeur's Critical Theory
Ricoeur's Critical Theory (February 2003)
David M. Kaplan - Author

The first book-length treatment of Paul Ricoeur's conception of philosophy as critical theory.

In Ricoeur's Critical Theory, David M. Kaplan revisits the Habermas-Gadamer debates to show how Paul Ricoeur's narrative-hermeneutics and moral-political philosophy provide a superior interpretive, normative, and critical framework. Arguing that Ricoeur's unique version of critical theory surpasses the hermeneutic philo...(Read More)
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