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The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory by Fred (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Rush


The Cambridge Companion to Critical Theory by Fred (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Rush

Critical Theory constitutes one of the major intellectual traditions of the twentieth century, and is centrally important for philosophy, political theory, aesthetics and theory of art, the study of modern European literatures and music, the history of ideas, sociology, psychology, and cultural studies. In this volume an international team of distinguished contributors examines the major figures in Critical Theory, including Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, Benjamin, and Habermas, as well as lesser known but important thinkers such as Pollock and Neumann. The volume surveys the shared philosophical concerns that have given impetus to Critical Theory throughout its history, while at the same time showing the diversity among its proponents that contributes so much to its richness as a philosophical school. The result is an illuminating overview of the entire history of Critical Theory in the twentieth century, an examination of its central conceptual concerns, and an in-depth discussion of its future prospects.


Contributions from major scholars include useful comparative treatments, tracings of the legacies of Marx and Freud, discussions of neglected figures such as Franz Neumann, and interrogations of critical theoryas political efficacy and future.

CHOICE May 2005

About the Author

Fred Rush is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His main research interests are in Kant, post-Kantian German Philosophy, aesthetics, and social and political philosophy.

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Publication date

26th August 2004


Fred (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Rush

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Cambridge University Press


400 pages





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