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The End of Progress

Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory

The End of Progress by Amy Allen
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While post- and decolonial theorists have thoroughly debunked the idea of historical progress as a Eurocentric, imperialist, and neocolonialist fallacy, many of the most prominent contemporary thinkers associated with the Frankfurt SchoolJürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, and Rainer Forsthave persistently defended ideas of progress, development, and modernity and have even made such ideas central to their normative claims. Can the Frankfurt School’s goal of radical social change survive this critique? And what would a decolonized critical theory look like? Amy Allen fractures critical theory from within by dispensing with its progressive reading of history while retaining its notion of progress as a social imperative, so eloquently defended by Adorno and Foucault. Critical theory, according to Allen, is the best resouce we have for achieving emancipatory social goals. In reimagining a decolonized critical theory after the end of progress, she rescues it from oblivion and gives it a future.
Columbia University Press; January 2016
304 pages; ISBN 9780231540636
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Title: The End of Progress
Author: Amy Allen
 
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0231540639
9780231173247
9780231540636