Critical Theory and Feminism

Authored by: Amy Allen

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138333246
eBook ISBN: 9780429443374
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This chapter surveys the landscape of feminist critical theory. I begin with a discussion of the influential debate between Seyla Benhabib and Nancy Fraser. Next, I trace the impact of the Benhabib-Fraser debate with a discussion of the problem of the subject in post-Habermasian feminist critical theory. Finally, I consider some recent work in feminist critical theory that rejects the Habermasian approach and returns to the insights of the first generation of the Frankfurt School. I conclude by outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead for the project of feminist critical theory.

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