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

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Most of the major twentieth-century thinkers develop their thought through critical dialogues with their predecessors. This anthology brings together a selection of these dialogues, offering a fresh approach to modern critical thought from Marx through to the present day.

The essays, lectures and reviews featured in this volume represent thinkers from Lukacs and Heidegger to Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek. Often at their most accessible introducing their own key influences and predecessors, these writings therefore provide an ideal way into the traditions of modern critical thought and into their own more difficult writings. As the reader proceeds through the book, the pieces build into a series of overlapping conversations and arguments, spanning different generations and crossing boundaries between French, German and English thought. The book offers an invaluable introduction to traditions of Marxist critical theory, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and post-modern discourse.

The anthology opens with an introductory essay in which the editor introduces key critical terms and maps out the contested terrain of criticism and critique implicit in the choice of particular works. He also introduces each text with contextualizing notes and suggestions for further reading.

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"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
1 Lukacs on Marx 23
2 Heidegger on Nietzsche 46
3 Adorno on Freud 62
4 Merleau-Ponty on Lukacs 82
5 Marcuse on Sartre 104
6 Levinas on Husserl 127
7 Gadamer on Heidegger 140
8 Deleuze on Nietzsche and Kant 153
9 Althusser on Marx 173
10 Derrida on Levi-Strauss 194
11 Foucault on Derrida 211
12 Habermas on Benjamin 232
13 Rose on Lacan 260
14 Bhabha on Fanon 286
15 Butler on Kristeva and Foucault 311
16 Zizek on Zizek 327
Index 345
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