Critical Theory and Political Modernity

  • José Maurício Domingues

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
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  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-323

About this book


“This book represents a significant and original contribution to the field. It displays an enormous depth of knowledge in its distinctive account of political modernity—its problems and potentials. It is one of the more stereoscopic works recently produced in the broad field of critical theory.”
—Craig Browne, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, The University of Sydney, Australia

This work of political sociology draws together philosophy, jurisprudence, political science, and international relations to study the main categories of political modernity and its development trends. Grounded in critical theory—from Marx to later currents such as the Frankfurt School—Critical Theory and Political Modernity circulates around state power and oligarchy as well as emancipatory possibilities from their foundations to the present, such as radical democracy. Domingues analyzes the main categories of political modernity, including the juridical dimension, to conceptually articulate its long-term processes of development. In so doing, he examines rights, law and citizenship, state and domination abstract and concrete, the political system, state power, freedom and autonomy, scalar configurations, political regimes, oligarchy and democracy.


jurisprudence political economy hermeneutic analysis liberalism oligarchy democracy modernity social change radical democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • José Maurício Domingues
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  1. 1.Rio de Janeiro State UniversityRio de JaneiroBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-02000-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-02001-9
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