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Moral Images of Freedom resurrects the Kantian project of affirmative political philosophy and traces its oft-forgotten influences found in thinkers such as Martin Heidegger, Ernst Cassirer, Frantz Fanon, and Walter Benjamin. Drucilla Cornell responds to nihilistic claims about the empty purpose of critical theory in a world so utterly captured by violence in all of its worst forms: economic, social, political, and cultural. Cornell instead draws together a sweeping thread of hope in the varied symbolic forms of freedom persistent throughout the work of a broader range of critical theorists and addresses the burning challenge for such work to respond seriously to the need for a decolonization of critical theory itself and a sustained commitment to the possible future of socialism.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: The Struggle for Redemptive Imagination Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Kantian Beginnings to the Legacy of Critical Theory: The Harmonious Play of Freedom Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Dignity in Dasein: The Between of Thrownness and Hospitality Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Symbolic Form as Other: Ethical Humanism and the Vivifying Power of Language Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Decolonizing Critical Theory: The Challenge of Black Existentialism Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Redemption in the Midst of Phantasmagoria: Dispelling the Fate of Socialism Chapter 8 Conclusion: Heeding Piedade's Song: Toward a Transnational Feminist Solidarity