Contested Knowledge: A Guide to Critical Theory

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Juni 2000



This accessible and wide-ranging introduction to critical theory provides a comprehensive overview of the practice, role, and importance of theory across the humanities and social sciences. It not only maps a notoriously complex area, but it also enables the reader to take the arguments and apply them in practice. Starting with an explanation of how theory relies on implicit assumptions that inform interpretations, the book moves on to depict the long-term philosophical problems that have fed into much 20th century thinking and also more recent debates. The philosophical grounds of contemporary thought are traced from Plato through Descartes to the work of Heidegger and Freud and on to recent developments in structuralism and deconstruction that critically revise many of the previous terms of debate.


Part 1 Introduction to critical theory: critical, representations; theory. Part 2 Philosophical impossibilities: the Ancients; Greek/Jew - closure and opening; modernity. Part 3 The political: being; the political; false consciousness. Part 4 Structuralism: Saussure; Levi-Strauss; Jakobson. Part 5 Derrida and deconstruction: the text; difference; exemplification. Part 6 Psychoanalysis: Freud, and the dreamwork; Lacan, Freud and sexuality; the return to Melanie Klein. Bibliographical map.


John Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Critical Theory, Literary Modernism and Modern Culture at the National University of Singapore.
EAN: 9781856495578
ISBN: 1856495574
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 2000
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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