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Stephen Eric Bronner

Autor(a) de Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction

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About the Author

Stephen Eric Bronner is Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, at Rutgers University and the author of many books, including Moments of Decision: Political History and the Crises of Radicalism and The Bigot: Why Prejudice Persists.

Obras de Stephen Eric Bronner

Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction (2011) 267 cópias, 3 resenhas
Socialism Unbound (1990) 27 cópias


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I'm going to second what a number of other reviewers have written, namely that for the uninitiated the lack of definitions or introductions of a number of terms is confusing, to say the least. It is odd because the author notes early on that excessive jargon and a certain amount of obscurantism was built into the writing of the critical theorists more or less on purpose. Having pointed that out he, or his editors, leave out the extra signposts and definitions that would combat this.

That said, I liked this introduction. I think I find Bronner's flavor of Crit much more... sane... than I was prepared for having had less than... enlightened... encounters with a handful of people who loudly declare themselves a practitioner of this or that critical theory. And to be honest, on Bronner's take, I'm something like a crit-theorist-lite. So maybe his is a minority take? I don't know.

With another 10 or 15 pages (overall) devoted to terminology, this would have been 4 stars for me.
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dcunning11235 | outras 2 resenhas | Aug 12, 2023 |
Ok introduction. Liked reading about the problems critical theorists cared about, where they succeeded and failed at such. More of a history than an introduction though. Not how I would have organized it.
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mbeaty91 | outras 2 resenhas | Sep 9, 2020 |
Mixed feelings about this book. As others have noted way too much jargon. But then again, the jargon comes from the theory itself, and the author does explain most of it—although not necessarily when he firsts introduces a term. The author also seems way too much a fan of these thinkers and their utopian ideologies, although again, he is rational enough to be willing to criticize their ideas (& their misuse by his academic colleagues), even harshly. Overall worth a read, but you need to know a good bit of philosophy to get any value from it.… (mais)
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aront | outras 2 resenhas | Mar 2, 2019 |
This slim volume packs a lot of information into a brief treatise. Basically a history of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, it's forgery, and its use as a tool of anti-Semitism. This is by no means an encyclopedic treatment, and is more a surface view than an in-depth analysis, but it serves as a good introduction to anyone who is curious and just starting to find out about this document. The author includes excerpts from the Protocols as the first chapter, and then refers back to these excerpts as he discusses various articles, where they originated, and how they were used. He briefly discussed Maurice Joly's Dialogue in Hell and traces much of what is in the Protocols back to this document. He also touches on the history of European anti-Semitism in general to discuss whether the Protocols were sufficient on their own to generate the hatred and fear that led to the Holocaust (they weren't). For the most part, he focuses almost solely on Russia and Germany, mentions American and English attitudes a bit, and only touches on more modern use in the Arab world. The book is a little dated, because the author regarded the protocols as basically defunct, but did acknowledge that with the rise of the internet, this could become widespread again, anticipating the dissemination that has occurred within the early part of the 21st century. Overall, a valuable book, especially as a starting point, but it isn't enough to make anyone an expert on the Protocols or anti-Semitism in general.… (mais)
Devil_llama | May 15, 2013 |


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