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.

Critical Social Science and Society: Theory and Practice

Critical social science and society: Theory and practice

The assumption that thought profits from the decay of the emotions, or even that it remains unaffected, is itself an expression of the process of stupefaction. (Adorno 1974, pp. 122–3)

In its proper place, even epistemolo, the relationship of subject and object would lie in the realization of peace among men as between men and their Other. Peace is the state of distinctness without domination, with the distinct participating in each other. (Adorno 1978, p. 500)

Thus the theory that creates consciousness can bring about the conditions under which the systematic distortions of communication are dissolved and a practical discourse can then be conducted; but it does not contain any information which ...

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