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You are currently browsing 1–10 of 39 new and published books in the subject of Critical Theory — sorted by publish date from newer books to older books.

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New and Published Books

  1. Imagination and the Imaginary

    By Kathleen Lennon

    The concept of the imaginary is pervasive within contemporary thought, yet can be a baffling and often controversial term. In Imagination and the Imaginary, Kathleen Lennon explores the links between imagination - regarded as the faculty of creating images or forms - and the imaginary, which links...

    Published February 20th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal

    By Somogy Varga

    Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

    Authenticity has become a widespread ethical ideal that represents a way of dealing with normative gaps in contemporary life. This ideal suggests that one should be true to oneself and lead a life expressive of what one takes oneself to be. However, many contemporary thinkers have pointed out that...

    Published November 10th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Walter Benjamin’s Concept of the Image

    By Alison Ross

    Series: Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

    In this book, Alison Ross engages in a detailed study of Walter Benjamin’s concept of the image, exploring the significant shifts in Benjamin’s approach to the topic over the course of his career. Using Kant’s treatment of the topic of sensuous form in his aesthetics as a comparative reference,...

    Published November 7th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Jacques Derrida

    Key Concepts

    Edited by Claire Colebrook

    Series: Key Concepts

    Jacques Derrida: Key Concepts presents a broad overview and engagement with the full range of Derrida's work - from the early phenomenological thinking to his preoccupations with key themes, such as technology, psychoanalysis, friendship, Marxism, racism and sexism, to his ethico-political writings...

    Published October 27th 2014 by Routledge

  5. Alain Badiou

    Key Concepts

    By A. J. Bartlett, Justin Clemens

    Series: Key Concepts

    Alain Badiou is one of the world's most influential living philosophers. Few contemporary thinkers display his breadth of argument and reference, or his ability to intervene in debates critical to both analytic and continental philosophy. Alain Badiou: Key Concepts presents an overview of and...

    Published September 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  6. Genealogy and Ontology of the Western Image and its Digital Future

    By John Lechte

    Series: Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies

    With the emerging dominance of digital technology, the time is ripe to reconsider the nature of the image. Some say that there is no longer a phenomenal image, only disembodied information (0-1) waiting to be configured. For photography, this implies that a faith in the principle of an "...

    Published July 3rd 2014 by Routledge

  7. The Zizek Dictionary

    Edited by Rex Butler

    Slavoj Žižek is the most popular and discussed philosopher in the world today. His prolific writings – across philosophy, psychoanalysis, political and social theory, film, music and religion – always engage and provoke. The power of his ideas, the breadth of his references, his capacity for...

    Published June 5th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Gramsci, Materialism, and Philosophy

    By Esteve Morera

    Series: Routledge Studies in Social and Political Thought

    Western critical theory, Marxism included, has largely been based on a view of historical materialism that Gramsci, among others, developed in his prison notebooks. For many, Gramsci’s philosophical reflections in prison offered a new foundation for the philosophy of the future. His...

    Published March 25th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Hannah Arendt

    Key Concepts

    Edited by Patrick Hayden

    Series: Key Concepts

    Hannah Arendt is one of the most prominent thinkers of modern times, whose profound influence extends across philosophy, politics, law, history, international relations, sociology, and literature. Presenting new and powerful ways to think about human freedom and responsibility, Arendt's work has...

    Published February 28th 2014 by Routledge

  10. A Critical Realist Perspective of Education

    By Brad Shipway

    Series: New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism)

    This book clearly and comprehensively explores the capability of critical realism to throw new light on educational theory. It firstly investigates the convergence and divergence between two forms of critical realism, which have not previously been cross-examined. This task allows the book to...

    Published November 11th 2013 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Habermas
    By Kenneth Baynes
    To Be Published August 20th 2015
  2. The Politics of Nothing: On Sovereignty
    Edited by Clare Monagle, Dimitris Vardoulakis
    To Be Published November 5th 2015
  3. On Obama
    By Paul C. Taylor
    To Be Published November 11th 2015
  4. Georges Bataille: Key Concepts
    Edited by Mark Hewson, Marcus Coelen
    To Be Published December 1st 2015
  5. Philosophy of Media: A Short History of Ideas and Innovations from Socrates to Social Media
    By Robert Hassan, Thomas Sutherland
    To Be Published April 1st 2016

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