Critique and Disclosure (Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought): Critical Theory between Past and Future

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A provocatively argued call for shifting the emphasis of critical theory from Habermasian "critique," restricted to normative clarification, to "disclosure," a possibility-enhancing approach that draws on and reinterprets ideas of Heidegger.

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Nikolas Kompridis is Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at University of Western Sydney. He is editor of the book Philosophical Romanticism.

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This is an erudite and original attempt to renew and reorient the critical theory tradition around its original promise: of thinking against the reigning legitimations of oppression and inequality in the present and of disclosing concrete possibilities of thinking and acting differently in the future. For anyone who is uncomfortable with critical theory's current direction and concerned about its future, this superb and hopeful reflection is essential.

James Tully, Distinguished Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

This is a bold and innovative book that attempts to set out an agenda for critical theory that reaches beyond Habermas. Kompridis argues for a richer, comprehensive vision of critical theory, seeing Habermas as having abridged its philosophical concerns and its relation to the tradition of German philosophy. The Heideggerian alternative presented here is quite compelling and will help initiate an important critical discussion.

James Bohman, Danforth Professor of Philosophy, St. Louis University

This is a remarkably careful and exceedingly insightful attempt to show that the path to a renewal of the critical theory of the Frankfurt School must pass through a rereading of Heidegger on the issue of 'world disclosure.' Kompridis is not the first to make such an attempt, but he is the most persuasive. This is a real philosophical achievement.

Stephen K. White, James Hart Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia

Jürgen Habermas has spent his career repudiating Heidegger's notion of world disclosure. The consequence has been an emaciated conception of reason and a hobbled conception of critique. Kompridis argues, powerfully and persuasively, that a refinement of disclosure, what he calls 'reflective disclosure,' is what critical theory most needs if it is to become responsive to the crises of late modernity. His generous reading enables us to comprehend how acts of world disclosure are not the 'other' of reason, but belong within an expanded conception of the powers of reason. A welcome addition to the literature on Habermas and critical theory.

J.M. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

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