Sketching the lineage: The critical method and the idealist tradition

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The influence of philosophical idealism on critical theory is often taken for granted, but it has rarely been the subject of scrutiny. This paper attempts to explore the logic of idealism--as it developed from Kant, to Fichte and Schelling, Hegel, and the young Marx--and the way in which it frames the dominant alternative perspectives in critical theory. The interplay between traditions should illuminate some of the contributions of critical theory, expose certain problems that plague it, and offer a few positive suggestions for those committed to the critical enterprise in our own time. Thus, this article will hopefully serve as an example of an intellectual history with a political purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-292
Number of pages28
JournalNew Political Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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