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The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Theory

  • Michael J. Thompson

Part of the Political Philosophy and Public Purpose book series (POPHPUPU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Michael J. Thompson
    Pages 1-14
  3. The Hegelian-Marxist Roots of Critical Theory

  4. Critical Epistemology and the Aims of Social Research

  5. The Sociology of Culture and Critical Aesthetics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. James Freeman
      Pages 279-289
    3. Dirk Michel-Schertges
      Pages 329-348

About this book


This handbook is the only major survey of critical theory from philosophical, political, sociological, psychological and historical vantage points. It emphasizes not only on the historical and philosophical roots of critical theory, but also its current themes and trends as well as future applications and directions. It addresses specific areas of interest that have forged the critical theory tradition, such as critical social psychology, aesthetics and the critique of culture, communicative action, and the critique of instrumental reason. It is intended for those interested in exploring the influential paradigm of critical theory from multiple, interdisciplinary perspectives and understanding its contribution to the humanities and the social sciences.


critical theory philosophy political history political science political theory politics social philosophy social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael J. Thompson
    • 1
  1. 1.Political ScienceWilliam Paterson UniversityWayneUSA

About the editors

Michael J. Thompson is Associate Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science, William Paterson University, USA.

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