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Criteria in crisis: Modernist, postmodernist, and feminist critical practices


1999 1999

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Abstract (summary)

I examine a problem or dilemma of legitimation faced by the critical theorist who takes as the object of his or her critique a totality of which she or he is a part. The dilemma is that the theorist must either illegitimately exempt her critical theory from the determining influences of the totality or lose normative authority. The critics I examine in detail are: Adorno and Horkheimer; Kant; Hegel; feminist standpoint epistemologists, in particular, Sandra Harding; Irigaray; Foucault; and Arendt.

I conclude that a purely theoretical or epistemic ground for the legitimacy of totalizing critique is impossible; philosophical critique must involve an extra-rational faith or a political commitment. However, I also argue that the project of theoretical grounding should not be abandoned. I continue this project by drawing out of the critical theorists I examined some preliminary concepts and strategies (such as mimesis, hysteria, free action, and psychoanalytic practice) that may, after further development, serve to provide a theory of the legitimacy of critical philosophy.

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Subject
Philosophy;
Womens studies
Classification
0422: Philosophy
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology, Social sciences, Critical practices, Feminist, Modernist, Postmodernist
Title
Criteria in crisis: Modernist, postmodernist, and feminist critical practices
Author
Sushinsky, Mary Ann
Number of pages
277
Publication year
1999
Degree date
1999
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 60/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599199859, 0599199857
Advisor
Ferguson, Ann
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9920655
ProQuest document ID
304514698
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304514698
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