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dc.contributor.advisor Crowell, Steven
dc.creatorRehman, Bilal
dc.date.accessioned 2020-08-24T16:00:26Z
dc.date.available 2020-08-24T16:00:26Z
dc.date.issued 2020-05
dc.identifier.citation Rehman, Bilal. "Critical Theory, Normativity, and Catastrophe: A Critique of Amy Allen’s Metanormative Contextualism." Undergraduate thesis, Rice University, 2020. https://doi.org/10.25611/c2sa-1k02.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/109257
dc.description An undergraduate thesis submitted in partial application for the Honors degree in Philosophy.
dc.description.abstract Critical theory is an approach to philosophical and cultural analysis that focuses on oppression and liberation. In this essay, I consider the prospect of moral-political progress in critical theory, focusing primarily on Amy Allen’s position of metanormative contextualism as described in her 2016 work, "The End of Progress." I first consider Allen’s arguments against Jurgen Habermas' theory of communicative action, and then explore how metanormative contextualism is rooted in the thought of Theodor Adorno and Michel Foucault. Lastly, by showing how postcolonial studies reminds us of the deeply political stakes of critical theory, I argue that ideas about moral-political progress can be grounded in the urgent need to “avoid catastrophe.”
dc.format.extent 61 pp
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
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dc.subjectcritical theory
Frankfurt school
Marxism
poststructuralism
postcolonial theory
dc.title Critical Theory, Normativity, and Catastrophe: A Critique of Amy Allen’s Metanormative Contextualism
dc.type.genre Thesis
thesis.degree.department Philosophy
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Undergraduate
thesis.degree.name Honor Thesis
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.25611/c2sa-1k02
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