Beyond Friend and Foe: The Politics of Critical Theory

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BRILL, Jan 19, 2011 - Philosophy - 259 pages
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The book provides a thematic account of the changing political thought of critical theorists from Adorno to Habermas and Honneth. Its purpose is to establish the relevance of this tradition for contemporary political theory and philosophy.
 

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Contents

Critical Theory and the Political
1
Knowing the Worst Critical Theory as Trauma Narrative
29
From Factions to Rackets The Traps of Conspiracy Thinking
54
Flâneurs without Borders Benjamin and the Cultural Politics of Travel Writing
78
Meanings of Barbarism Civil Society and Its Others
108
Orientalizing America Habermas and the Changing Discourse of Europe
137
Age of Access? The Place of Property in Critical Theory
166
Realizing Honneth Redistribution Recognition and Global Justice
192
From Persons to Peoples The Politics of Recognition in International Society
214
Bibliography
241
Index
255
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About the author (2011)

Volker Heins, Ph.D. (1988) in political science, Goethe University Frankfurt, is a researcher at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt and a faculty fellow at the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. His recent publications include Nongovernmental Organizations in International Society: Struggles over Recognition (2008).

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