Outline of critical theory

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to critical theory:

Critical theory – the examination and critique of society and culture, drawing from knowledge across the social sciences and humanities. The term has two different meanings with different origins and histories: one originating in sociology and the other in literary criticism. This has led to the very literal use of 'critical theory' as an umbrella term to describe any theory founded upon critique. The term "Critical Theory" was first coined by Max Horkheimer in his 1937 essay "Traditional and Critical Theory".

Essence of critical theory[edit]

Branches of critical theory[edit]

African-American studies[edit]

African-American theory

Gender studies[edit]

Gender studies

Marxist theory[edit]

Marxist philosophy








Postmodern Philosophy[edit]

Postmodern philosophy



Psychoanalytic theory[edit]

Psychoanalytic theory

Queer theory[edit]

Queer theory



Cultural anthropology[edit]

Cultural anthropology

Theories of identity[edit]

  • Private sphere – certain sector of societal life in which an individual enjoys a degree of authority, unhampered by interventions from governmental or other institutions. Examples of the private sphere are family and home. The complement or opposite of public sphere.
  • Public sphere – area in social life where individuals can come together to freely discuss and identify societal problems, and through that discussion influence political action. It is "a discursive space in which individuals and groups congregate to discuss matters of mutual interest and, where possible, to reach a common judgment."
  • Creolization

Linguistical theories of literature[edit]

Major works[edit]

Major theorists[edit]

List of critical theorists

External links[edit]

  • Critical Theory, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • "Theory: Death is Not the End", n+1 magazine's short history of academic critical theory. Winter 2005.
  • Critical Legal Thinking: A critical legal studies website which uses critical theory in an analysis of law and politics.
  • L. Corchia, Jürgen Habermas. A Bibliography: works and studies (1952-2010), Pisa, Edizioni Il Campano – Arnus University Books, 2010, 344 pp.
  • Rivera Vicencio, E. (2012). "Foucault: His influence over accounting and management research. Building of a map of Foucault's approach". International Journal of Critical Accounting. 4 (5/6): 728–756. doi:10.1504/IJCA.2012.051466.
  • Rivera Vicencio, E. (2014). "The firm and corporative governmentality. From the perspective of Foucault". International Journal of Economics and Accounting. 5 (4): 281–305. doi:10.1504/IJEA.2014.067421.