Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL3115: Introduction to Critical Theory

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

- Stephen Eric Bronner, ‘Critical Theory, A Very Short Introduction’ (2011), Oxford University Press

- Martin Jay, ‘The Dialectical Imagination, A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-50’, (1973/1996), University of California Press

- Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer: ‘The Dialectic of Enlightenment’ (1944/2002) Stanford University Press

- Theodor W. Adorno: ‘Minima Moralia’ (2005), Verso

- Judith Butler: ‘Giving an Account of Oneself’ (2005), Fordham University Press

- Erich Fromm: ‘Escape from Freedom’ (2011), Ishi Press

- Herbert Marcuse on Ecology: The Journal of Socialist Ecology, pp. 29-49; @ https://www.marcuse.org/herbert/pubs/posthumous/79MarcuseEcologyCritiqueModernSociety1992CapNatSoc.pdf

- Jürgen Habermas: ‘The Discourse of Modernity’, (1990), MIT Press 

- Axel Honneth, ‘Disrespect. The Normative Foundations of Critical Theory’ (2007), Polity Press  

- Nancy Fraser 2014, Taling About Needs, Ethics Vol 99(2), pp. 291-313.

- Christian Fuchs 2017, Anxiety and Politics in the New Age of Authoritarian Capitalism, Triple C, pp. 637-650.