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Critical Theory in Critical TimesTransforming the Global Political and Economic Order$
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Penelope Deutscher and Cristina Lafont

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231181518

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231181518.001.0001

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Criticizing Critical Theory

Criticizing Critical Theory

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Critical Theory in Critical Times

Charles W. Mills

Columbia University Press

Whether locating its origins in Marxism, or tracing them all the way back to Kant, Critical Theory defines itself as a philosophical outlook self-consciously emancipatory, seeking to overturn structures of domination and contribute to bringing about a better world. But these laudable ambitions have repeatedly foundered on the subject of race. Despite the centrality of racism and racial domination to the modern world, Critical Theory in its mainstream incarnations has had very little useful to say on these problems. In this chapter, Mills urges a dialogue between Critical Theory and what has recently been baptized Critical Philosophy of Race, which has made the subject of race its defining focus.

Keywords:   Critical theory, critical philosophy of race, Marxism, postcolonial theory, race, racism

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