Critical Social Theory

Critical Social Theory

by Gary M. Simpson
     
 

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Simpson ably introduces critical social theory, the German-born intellectual movement that has spawned sharp criticisms of modernity, its use of reason, and our highly technological, bureaucratic culture.

Part 1 recounts the emergence of critical social theory within the Frankfurt School of Social Research and the theological stirrings that the Frankfurt

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Simpson ably introduces critical social theory, the German-born intellectual movement that has spawned sharp criticisms of modernity, its use of reason, and our highly technological, bureaucratic culture.

Part 1 recounts the emergence of critical social theory within the Frankfurt School of Social Research and the theological stirrings that the Frankfurt project sparked, especially in Paul Tillich. Part 2 explores J�rgen Habermas's reconception and expansion of critical social theory, especially his ideas about hermeneutics, praxis, communicative action, and civil society as the locus of prophetic social movements. Finally, in Part 3 Simpson shows how Christian theology employs critical social theory for the tasks of prophetic reason in a global civil society.

Simpson's work is at once a programmatic introduction and a creative theological proposal for public theology.

About the Author:
Gary M. Simpson is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Theological Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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ISBN-13:
9781451408324
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1999
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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