For courses in 20th Century or Continental Philosophy.
This text gives one central reference that brings together topics from many sources: 1) an overview of critical theory, structuralism, French feminism, deconstruction, poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism; 2) selections by twenty important figures; and 3) introductions and commentary on the more than the thirty included readings.
Current Continental Philosophy: The Modern, The Postmodern. Thematic Background Figures: Marx, Freud, and Nietzsche.
Marxism and the Frankfurt School.
“Reification and the consciousness of the Proletariat,” Georg Lukács.“History and Class Consciousness,” Georg Lukács. “Traditional and Critical Theory,” Max Horkheimer. “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” Walter Benjamin. “Negative Dialects,” Theodor Adorno. “The Universality of the Hermeneutical Problem,” from the Forward to “Truth and Method,” 2d Ed., Hans-Georg Gadamer. “Reconstruction and Interpretation in the Social Sciences,” “Discourse Ethics,” Jürgen Habermas. “Marxism and Humanism,” “From Capital to Marx's Philosophy,” Louis Althusser.
Psychoanalytic Structuralism, Feminism, Deconstruction.
“Course in General Linguistics,” Ferdinand de Saussure. “The Function and Field of Speech and Language,” “The Subversion of the Subject and the Dialectic of Desire in the Freudian Unconscious,” Jacques Lacan.
Feminism and Psychoanalysis.
“The Power of Discourse,” “Sexual Difference,” Luis Irigaray. “Women's Time,” Interviews, Julia Kristeva.
“Substitution,” Emmanuel Levinas. “The End of the Book and the Beginning of Writing,” “Structure, Sign, and Play,” “Afterword: Toward an Ethic of Discussion,” Jacques Derrida. “Laugh of the Medusa,” Hélène Cixous.
Poststructuralism, Postcolonialism, Postmodernism.
“Difference and Repetition,”“Psychoanalysis and Capitalism” (with Félix Guattari), Gilles Deleuze. “Discourse on Language,” “The History of Sexuality,”Vols 1 & 2, Michel Foucault.
“Can the Subaltern Speak?” Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. “The Other Question,” Homi Bhabha.
“The Postmodern Condition,” “Answering the Question: What Is Postmodernism?” Jean-Françoise Lyotard. “Symbolic Exchange and Death,” Jean Baudrillard.