This article argues that, based on the distinctiveness and the aim of Critical Theory (CT), traditional classifications are inappropriate. It goes beyond philosophy or sociology, which is why Douglas Kellner describes it as supradisciplinary. Similarly, existing genre classifications are insufficient and counterproductive. Despite its utopian character, its genre is not utopian writing because CT is defined by more than its aim ― the self-actualization of the human being. It is my contention that CT becomes more than a banner to group together the work of the members of the Frankfurt School; it refers to the idiosyncratic nature of their work in relation to the combination of their aim, their methodology, as well as its content and style. It is on account of the conjunction of these features that CT constitutes a genre in its own right. By acknowledging this, the discourse of CT becomes empowered and empowering, for it situates itself in a position of challenge and defiance in reference to established patterns of thought and expression.
|Translated title of the contribution||Critical theory as genre|
|Number of pages||21|
|Journal||Revista Valenciana. Estudios de Filosofía y Letras|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
- critical theory
- Frankfurt School