February 14, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 208 Pages
ISBN 9780367027063 - CAT# K405070
Series: Routledge Advances in Sociology
On the Genealogy of Critique intervenes into both the contemporary academic debates on critique and today’s mainstream criticism by reflecting upon the relationship between criticality and social change in the age of post-politics.
What does it mean to be critical? When we are told that civilisation is facing extinction, does the idea of critique still hold any value? Today, more than ever, we seem to be critical of everything. Yet, paradoxically, our criticism exerts very little political influence. Taking this problematique as its starting point, this book reclaims the transformative potential of critique, challenging the common assumptions about criticality. It presents a counter-history of criticism, demonstrating how the modern notion of critical subjectivity embodies an imperative to the securitisation of the status quo. In elaborating on a range of contemporary critical (dis)positions, the book advocates new ways of thinking about critique and social change. Through this, it equips the reader with analytical tools useful for thinking the way out of our post-political predicament.
This book is of relevance to anyone concerned with social change. Particularly, it will be of use to academics, postgraduates and advanced undergraduate students working in the areas of sociology, politics, philosophy and cultural studies.
Introduction: The Critical Paradox
Part I – The Idea of Critique
Chapter 1: The Origins of Critique
Chapter 2: Critique and Theology
Chapter 3: Critique and Politics
Part II – Critique Today
Chapter 4: The Management of Critique
Chapter 5: The Ecstasy of Critique
Conclusion: The Twilight of Critique