Critical theory as disclosing critique: a response to Kompridis

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What Kompridis admirably describes as the transformative power of disclosing critique should be incorporated into a renewed model of critical theory. At the same time, disclosing critique should be regarded as supplementing, rather than supplanting, those normative forms of analysis and reflection that remain rooted in experiences of social suffering, which are precisely what continue to give critical theory its normative ground and theoretical impetus. In this way, we could agree with Kompridis that practicing world-disclosing critique, and thereby retrieving the aesthetic critique of modernity, will ensure that critical theory continues to have a future worthy of its past. Adapted from the source document.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-381
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Critical Theory
  • Suffering
  • Power
  • Modernity


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