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<i>The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory</i> by Amy Allen (review)

The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory by Amy... book rev iews Amy Allen, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory New York: Columbia University Press, 2016, 304 pp. ISBN 9780231173247 Sina Kramer Drawing on Adorno’s aphoristic claim in Negative Dialectics that “Progress begins where it comes to an end,” Amy Allen’s The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory is a critique of the concept of progress in critical theory, for the sake of critical theory’s decolonization. It is a clear, forceful and convincing argument that calls us to question what critical theory is, and perhaps more pressingly, for whom. While Allen aims both to decolonize critical theory and to criticalize post- and decolonial theory, she thoroughly succeeds at the first but only really invites the latter. While she relies on some postcolonial theorists and feminist and critical race philosophers (Spivak, Saïd, Chakrabarty, Alcoff ), Allen’s target and audience are members of the second, third, and fourth generations of critical theory and those inspired by their thought. She employs the method Adorno described as “critique and rescue”: she gives an immanent critique of the concept of progress implicit but largely unacknowledged in the work of Habermas, Honneth, and Forst. And http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png philoSOPHIA State University of New York Press

<i>The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory</i> by Amy Allen (review)

philoSOPHIA , Volume 7 (2) – Dec 28, 2017

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book rev iews Amy Allen, The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory New York: Columbia University Press, 2016, 304 pp. ISBN 9780231173247 Sina Kramer Drawing on Adorno’s aphoristic claim in Negative Dialectics that “Progress begins where it comes to an end,” Amy Allen’s The End of Progress: Decolonizing the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory is a critique of the concept of progress in critical theory, for the sake of critical theory’s decolonization. It is a clear, forceful and convincing argument that calls us to question what critical theory is, and perhaps more pressingly, for whom. While Allen aims both to decolonize critical theory and to criticalize post- and decolonial theory, she thoroughly succeeds at the first but only really invites the latter. While she relies on some postcolonial theorists and feminist and critical race philosophers (Spivak, Saïd, Chakrabarty, Alcoff ), Allen’s target and audience are members of the second, third, and fourth generations of critical theory and those inspired by their thought. She employs the method Adorno described as “critique and rescue”: she gives an immanent critique of the concept of progress implicit but largely unacknowledged in the work of Habermas, Honneth, and Forst. And

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philoSOPHIAState University of New York Press

Published: Dec 28, 2017

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