Constructive criticism: the human sciences in the age of theory

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University of Toronto Press, Oct 31, 1995 - Philosophy - 223 pages
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The proliferation of theories in the human sciences in recent decades has proceeded with little self-conscious evaluation of their assumptions and directions. The essays in this collection provide a rethinking of the theoretical enterprise and explore the need for theory to examine its own claims to authority; its relation to traditional practice in specific disciplines; its status as a historical phenomenon; and its tendency to overlook some lines of inquiry while enabling others.

The essays explore the transformation of the human sciences in the three decades since North America was introduced to French structuralism and poststructuralism. The work of significant theorists, such as Foucault, Hegel, Kant, Derrida, Habermas, and Ricoeur, is examined in relation to areas of critical and cultural concern, including literature, feminism, ethnocentrism, AIDS, opera, dance, and education. Contributors include prominent Canadian scholars as well as leading theorists from Britain and the United States.

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Rethinking Theorists
On Foucault and Philosophy
CHRISTOPHER NORRIS University of Wales

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Martin Kreiswirth is founding director of the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism and associate professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

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