Moral Images of Freedom: A Future for Critical Theory

Moral Images of Freedom: A Future for Critical Theory

by Drucilla Cornell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0847697924

ISBN-13: 9780847697922

Pub. Date: 08/27/2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

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. The book responds to nihilistic claims about the empty purpose of critical theory in a world so utterly captured by violence in all of its worst

Overview

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. The book 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. It draws together a sweeping thread of hope found in the work of a broad range of critical theorists and addresses the challenges to decolonize critical theory itself and sustain a commitment to the possibilities of socialism.

About the Author:
Drucilla Cornell is professor of political science, women's studies, and comparative literature at Rutgers University and chair of philosophy and law at the University of Cape Town

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847697922
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/27/2007
Series:
New Critical Theory Series
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Introduction: The Struggle for Redemptive Imagination     1
Kantian Beginnings to the Legacy of Critical Theory: The Harmonious Play of Freedom     11
Dignity in Dasein: Between Thrownness and Hospitality     39
Symbolic Form as Other: Ethical Humanism and the Vivifying Power of Language     75
Decolonizing Critical Theory: The Challenge of Black Existentialism     105
Redemption in the Midst of Phantasmagoria: Dispelling the Fate of Socialism     137
Conclusion: Heeding Piedade's Song-Toward a Transnational Feminist Solidarity     151
Bibliography     165
Index     169
About the Author     177

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