Critical Theory

Critical Theory

by A. How

Paperback(2003)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333751527
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 10/17/2003
Series: Traditions in Social Theory
Edition description: 2003
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

ALAN HOW is Curriculum Leader for undergraduate sociology and Course Leader for the Masters programme at University College Worcester. His previous book is The Habermas-Gadamer Debate and the Nature of the Social (1995).

Table of Contents

Foreword.- Introduction.- PART 1: HISTORICAL CONTOURS Early Days, Early Doubts: From Optimism to Ambiguity.- Disillusion and the Rise of the Nietzschean Streak.- The Reconstruction of Critical Theory: From Ideology Critique to Communicative Reason.- PART 2: SUBSTANTIVE IDEAS: THE FIRST GENERATION Rationalisation as Reification.- Critical Theory, the Family and the Narcissistic Personality.- PART 3: SUBSTANTIVE IDEAS: THE SECOND GENERATION Overcoming the Impasse: Habermas's Reconstruction of Critical Theory.- Critical Theory and Postmodernism.- PART 4: CONCLUSION Why Read Critical Theory?.- Further Reading.- Bibliography.

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How offers something new and valuable. The book's charm flows from the generosity of its authors enthusiasm combined with a near-faultless consideration of the reader's needs. Short enough to be unintimidating yet long enough to deal with the expository demands of technically difficult material... here is a book to excite teachers and students.' - John Parker, University of Wales, Swansea, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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