On the Genealogy of Critique: Or How We Have Become Decadently Indignant, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

On the Genealogy of Critique

Or How We Have Become Decadently Indignant, 1st Edition

By Diana Stypinska


208 pages

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Hardback: 9780367027063
pub: 2020-02-14
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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.

Table of Contents

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


About the Author

Diana Stypinska is lecturer in sociology in the School of Social Science at Liverpool Hope University, where she teaches social and cultural theory. Her work traverses critical theory, continental philosophy and critical sociology.

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Routledge Advances in Sociology

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General