The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory

2016.10.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amy Allen, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, Columbia University Press, 2016,
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2016.10.01 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Amy Allen, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, Columbia University Press, 2016, 280pp., $35.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780231173247. Reviewed by John J. Davenport, Fordham University Amy Allen identifies two main goals for her book. The first is to critique Habermas and two of his main successors -- Axel Honneth and Rainer Forst -- as "wedded to problematically Eurocentric and/or foundationalist strategies for grounding normativity," including implicitly "colonialist" notions of intellectual and social progress. The second is to "decolonize Frankfurt School critical theory" by offering alternative bases for normativity that take on board the concerns of "decolonial theory," critical race theory, and queer theory that have been sidelined by mainstream critical theorists (p. xii). Her argumentative strategy is to set up a trilemma (see pp. 13-15): a. the "long-standing". . .

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