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One massive toolkit for discussion on all the various "tools" of literary and social criticism.

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Welcome to r/CriticalTheory!

Critical theory is a school of thought that stresses the examination and the critique of society and culture, by applying knowledge from the social sciences and the humanities.

As a term, critical theory has two meanings with different origins and histories: the first originated in sociology and the second originated in literary criticism, whereby it is used and applied as an umbrella term that can describe a theory founded upon critique; thus, the theorist Max Horkheimer described a theory as critical in so far as it seeks "to liberate human beings from the circumstances that enslave them."

This subreddit is intended to be a massive theory HUB, much like /r/ArtTheory, /r/FilmTheory, /r/FeministTheory, /r/EconomicTheory, and /r/MathTheory for all things pertaining to criticism, including and especially social and literary theories.

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Influential thinkers:

  • Theodor Adorno
  • Louis Althusser
  • Alain Badiou
  • Roland Barthes
  • Jean Baudrillard
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Lauren Berlant
  • Judith Butler
  • Helene Cixous
  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Frantz Fanon
  • Michel Foucault
  • Erich Fromm
  • Jürgen Habermas
  • Donna Haraway
  • Luce Irigaray
  • Julia Kristeva
  • Jacques Lacan
  • Bruno Latour
  • Herbert Marcuse
  • Chantal Mouffe
  • Edward Said
  • Eve Sedgwick
  • Gayatri Spivak
  • Slavoj Zizek

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