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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)
 
 
Rousseau's Counter-Enlightenment
Rousseau's Counter-Enlightenment (January 2003)
A Republican Critique of the Philosophes
Graeme Garrard - Author

Sees Rousseau as the father of Counter-Enlightenment thought.
Arguing that the question of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s relationship to the Enlightenment has been eclipsed and seriously distorted by his association with the French Revolution, Graeme Garrard presents the first book-length case that shows Rousseau as the pivotal figure in the emergence of Counter-Enlightenment thought. Viewed in the context in which he actually lived and wrote—...(Read More)
 
 
Rethinking the Frankfurt School
Rethinking the Frankfurt School (August 2002)
Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique
Jeffrey T. Nealon - Editor
Caren Irr - Editor

By exploring the work of the Frankfurt school today, this book helps to define the very field of cultural studies.

A reexamination of key Frankfurt School thinkers—Benjamin, Adorno, Horkheimer, Marcuse—in the light of contemporary theory and cultural studies across the disciplines, Rethinking the Frankfurt School asks what consequences such a rethinking might have for study of the Frankfurt School on...(Read More)
 
 
Between Reason and History
Between Reason and History (July 2002)
Habermas and the Idea of Progress
David S. Owen - Author

The first book-length treatment in English of Habermas’s theory of social evolution and progress.

Between Reason and History examines the role of the idea of progress both in Jurgen Habermas’s critical social theory and in critical social theory in general. The reception to Habermas’s magnum opus, The Theory of Communicative Action, has tended to downplay the theory of social evolution it c...(Read More)
 
 
Waste-Site Stories
Waste-Site Stories (April 2002)
The Recycling of Memory
Brian Neville - Editor
Johanne Villeneuve - Editor

Explorations in the aesthetics of waste and the material infrastructure of memory.
 
Ours is a wasteful society, consumed with care for its remains, according to the contributors of Waste-Site Stories. Here scholars from around the world probe current notions of waste and the ways in which remains of different kinds recover value in the act of recollection and recycling. In the wake of destructive ex...(Read More)
 
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