Critical Theory traces its roots from Marxism, through the renowned Frankfurt School, to a wide array of national and cultural traditions. Raymond Morrow's book traces the history and outlines the major tenets of critical theory for an undergraduate audience. He exemplifies the theory through an analysis of two leading social theorists: J[um]urgen Habermas and Anthony Giddens. Unique to this volume is the emphasis on the link between Critical Theory and empirical research and social science methodology, often thought to be incompatible.

Empirical Procedures in Critical Research

Empirical procedures in critical research

The cult of technical specialization cannot be overcome by abstract and irrelevant humanistic demands. … The path of true humanism leads thorough the midst of the specialized and technical problems, insofar as one succeeds in gaining insight into their significance within the societal whole and in drawing conclusions from this. (Frankfurt Institute for Social Research 1972, p. 127)

The following proposition recommends itself as essentially true: methodology can only bring us reflective understanding of the means which have demonstrated their value in practice by raising them to the level of explicit consciousness; it is no more the precondition of fruitful intellectual work than the knowledge of anatomy is the precondition for “correct” walking. … Such discussions can ...

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