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

#### 18,274 subscribers a community for 6 years, 3 months

last post 2 days ago [+]

# 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.

We are interested in long-form or in-depth submissions and responses, so please keep this in mind when you post so as to maintain high quality content.

### See all in a multi-reddit

Due to a recent influx, new aaaaarg threads will be removed. For questions related to aaaaarg, please contact one of the following users: u/leftcomsnob, u/MovingToJersey, u/lzbrgs, u/Louie-dog, u/Santabot, u/riversiderain, u/Amberkowicz1, u/CyberDiablo, u/joseph_jacotot

**Resources**

- Introductory guide to critical theory
- Frankfurt School library on marxists.org
- /r/CriticalTheory reading list

**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

**Related Subreddits:**

|. |. | |:----------:|:-----------:| |/r/Aesthetics|/r/AffectTheory |/r/AcademicPhilosophy|/r/ArtTheory |/r/ActorNetworkTheory| /r/Biocosmism |/r/AskLiteraryStudies|/r/AskPhilosophy |/r/Autonomia|/r/Biopolitics |/r/Communism|/r/Communism101 |/r/ContinentalTheory|/r/CriticalPedagogy |/r/CriticalTheory|/r/CulturalStudies |/r/Cybertext|/r/Deconstruction |/r/DebateCommunism|/r/DebateFascism |/r/DebateFeminism|/r/Deleuze |/r/Ecocriticism|/r/Ecofeminism |/r/Existentialism |/r/FeministTheory |/r/FilmTheory|/r/Formalism |/r/FrankfurtSchool|/r/GermanIdealism |/r/Hermeneutics|/r/HistoryofIdeas |/r/Individuation| /r/Integral |/r/MagicRealism|/r/Marxism |/r/MarxistReadingClub |/r/Mutualism |/r/Modernism |/r/Narratology | /r/NewCriticism |/r/NewHistoricism |/r/NewInternational |/r/NonPhilosophy |/r/Nonviolence |/r/PathofCapital |/r/Phenomenology|/r/PhilosophyofRace |/r/PoMo|/r/Postanarchism |/r/Postcolonialism|/r/Posthumanism |/r/PostMarxism|/r/Postmodernism |/r/PostPoMo|/r/Poststructuralism |/r/ProcessRelational|/r/Psychoanalysis |/r/Psychogeography|/r/QueerTheory |/r/RadicalExchange|/r/RadicalChristianity |/r/RadicalPhilosophy|/r/ReaderResponse |/r/ReadingSOTS|/r/ReligiousTheory |/r/RussianFormalism|/r/Situationism |/r/SpeculativeRealism|/r/SphereTheory |/r/Structuralism|/r/Surrealism | /r/SystemsTheory |/r/Theopoetics | /r/TheoryReview | /r/ThingTheory |/r/TraumaTheory|/r/UrbanStudies |/r/VisCulture|/r/Zizek

*Notice: If you have a subreddit you would like to add to the Multi-reddit, please PM the moderators.*