Modern Critical Thought: An Anthology of Theorists Writing on Theorists / Edition 1

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This anthology presents a series of texts in which major twentieth-century thinkers engage in dialogue with their predecessors.

  • Presents a series of texts in which major twentieth-century thinkers engage in dialogue with their predecessors.
  • Offers an innovative way into understanding modern critical thought.
  • Spans the period from Marx to the present day.
  • A conversation of ideas emerges between one generation and the next.
  • Editorial material defines key terms and maps out contested terrain.
  • Each piece is prefaced by contextualising notes and suggestions for further reading.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Modern Critical Thought is a unique historical collection of the major voices in critical thinking from Lukács to Žižek. Drew Milne has drawn together engagements between thinkers that underscore how critical thought evolves as a series of debates and acts of differentiation. The book is ideal for students wishing to familiarize themselves with some of the crucial debates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and to witness how critical thinkers assess and appraise one another. Milne has a keen eye for selecting the most pertinent and exciting materials in the tradition of critical thinking." Michael Ryan, Northeastern University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631220596
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Milne is the Judith E Wilson Lecturer in Drama and Poetry, University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is the co-editor, with Terry Eagleton, of Marxist Literary Theory (Blackwell Publishing, 1996) and the editor of the journal Parataxis: modernism and modern writing. He has published numerous essays on critical theory and poetics, including articles on Marxism, Kant, Derrida and Marcuse, along with forthcoming studies of Hegel, Benjamin and Adorno. His other books include Sheet Mettle (1994), Bench Marks (1998), The Damage (2001), Mars Disarmed (2002) and Go Figure (2003). For further information visit:

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Criticism and/or Critique.

1. Lukacs on Marx.

George Lukas, 'The Phenomenon of Reification'.

2. Heidegger on Nietzsche.

Martin Heidegger, 'The Eternal Recurrence of the Same and the Will to Power'.

3. Adorno on Freud.

Theodor Adorno, 'Sociology and Psychology'.

4. Merleau-Ponty on Lukacs.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, '"Western" Marxism'.

5. Marcuse on Sartre.

Herbert Marcuse, 'Sartre's Existentialism'.

6. Levinas on Husserl.

Emmanuel Levinas, 'Reflections on Phenomenological "Technique"'.

7. Gadamer on Heidegger.

Hans-Georg Gadamer, "Heidegger's Later Philosophy'.

8. Deleuze on Nietzsche and Kant.

Gilles Deleuze, 'Critique'.

9. Althusser on Marx.

Louis Althusser, 'Grom Capital to Marx's Philosophy'.

10. Derrida on Levi-Strauss.

Jacques Derrida, 'Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences'.

11. Foucault on Derrida.

Michel Foucault, 'My Body, This Paper, This Five'.

12. Habermas on Benjamin.

Jurgen Habermas, "Walter Benjamin: Consciousness-Raising or Rescuing Critique'.

13. Rose on Lacan.

Jacqueline Rose, 'Feminine Sexuality: Jacques Lacan and the Ecole Freudienne'.

14. Bhabha on Fanon.

Homi Bhabha, 'Interrogating Identity: Frantz Fanon and the Postcolonial Prerogative'.

15. Butler on Kristeva and Foucault.

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble.

16. Zizek on Zizek.

Slavoj Zizek, 'Holding the Place'.


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