Written by internationally acclaimed scholars on futures of critical theory, this book attempts to renew and reinvigorate critical theory by extending its range and its intellectual trajectories through strategies of inclusiveness that respect and build on parallel traditions. The authors reinterpret the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger in relation to central figures (Kant, Marcuse, Foucault) and themes of critical theory-the critique of modernity, theory of the self, and the question concerning technology. Key chapters address the critical significance of the work of the French theorists Levinas, Deleuze, Derrida, Lyotard, Irigaray, and Bourdieu and while other chapters focus on thinkers as diverse as Zizek, Giddens, Said, and Guattari, and deal with contemporary topics such as cyberfeminism and antiglobalization.
Michael A. Peters is research professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Colin Lankshear is a freelance educational researcher and writer based in Mexico and a professorial fellow at the University of Ballarat. Mark Olssen is reader and director of doctoral programs in educational studies at the University of Surrey, England.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Futures of Critical Theory: Dreams of Difference Chapter 2 1. Nietzsche, Nihilism and the Critique of Modernity Chapter 3 2. A Critical Theory of the Self: Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, Foucault Chapter 4 3. From the Question Concerning Technology to the Quest for a Democratic Technology: Heidegger, Marcuse, Feenberg Chapter 5 4. Foucault and Critique: Kant, Humanism and the Human Sciences Chapter 6 5. Levinas's Ethico-Political Order Of Human Proximity: "The Quest For Justice" Chapter 7 6. "Looking for Allies": Gilles Deleuze as Critical Theorist Chapter 8 7. Jacques Derrida: Deconstruction = Justice Chapter 9 8. The Postmodern Condition: Lyotard's Futurology Chapter 10 9. Of Being Two Chapter 11 10. Pierre Bourdieu: The Craft of Sociology Chapter 12 11. Slavoj Zizek's Naked Politics: Opting for the Impossible A Secondary Elaboration Chapter 13 12. Anthony Giddens - The Last Global Theorist Chapter 14 13. Cyberfeminism with a Difference Chapter 15 14. Edward Said: The Locatedness of Theory Chapter 16 15. "Anti-Globalization" and Guattari's The Three Ecologies