What are the tasks and potentials of critical theory today? How should we critique the present? Critique Today brings together a variety of perspectives in critical social philosophy that question our social and historical constellation. It includes contributions by Genevieve Lloyd, Shane O’Neill, Paul Patton, Paul Redding, Emmanuel Renault, and Nicholas Smith, and examines critical intersections in the work of Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, Pierre Bourdieu, Michel Foucault, and Giorgio Agamben. Critique Today aims to further the ongoing dialogue between German critical theory and French post-structuralism, explores the relationship between philosophy and social theory, and develops new approaches to Hegel and theories of recognition, the theme of social hope, and contemporary discussions of rights and power.
Robert Sinnerbrink Ph.D. in Philosophy, (University of Sydney, 2002) is a Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University. He has published articles in European philosophy, social philosophy, and film aesthetics, and is the author of
Understanding Hegelianism (Acumen, 2006).
Jean-Philippe Deranty Ph.D. in Philosophy (Paris IV-Sorbonne, 1998) is a Lecturer of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He has translated Hegel's first lectures on the philosophy of right (
Droit naturel et science de l'Etat, Paris, Vrin, 2002), and published articles on Hegel and contemporary social and political philosophy. He is completing a book on Axel Honneth to be published by Brill in 2007.
Nicholas H. Smith Ph.D. in Philosophy, (Glasgow, 1996) is a Senior Lecturer of Philosophy at Macquarie University. He is the author of
Strong Hermeneutics: Contingency and Moral Identity (1997) and Charles Taylor:
Meaning, Morals and Modernity (2002). He is the editor of
Reading McDowell: On Mind and World (2002).
Peter Schmiedgen Ph.D. in Philosophy (Macquarie University, 2001) teaches at Macquarie University. His main research interests are in the areas of phenomenological and post-phenomenological social philosophy and critical theory. He has published on Levinas, Benjamin and urban space.
All those interested in critical social philosophy, German critical theory and French post-structuralism, and contemporary readings of Hegel, as well those working in sociology, political theory, and cultural studies.