Introduction / Birgit M. Kaiser, Kathrin Thiele, Timothy O’Leary
Part I: Visions of critique
Chapter 1. “After Humanism?” Time and Transformation in Critical Thinking / Kathrin Thiele
Chapter 2. The Most Difficult Task: On the Idea of an Impure Pure Non-Violence in Derrida / Leonard Lawlor
Chapter 3. The Changeability of the World: Utopia and Critique/ Sam McAuliffe
Chapter 4. Seeking Intelligent Life in the Time of COVID-19; Or, Thinking ‘Epicritically’ / Jennifer A. Wagner-Lawlor
Part II: Critical Reading
Chapter 5. Suspicious Minds: Critique as Symptomatic Reading / Esther Peeren
Chapter 6. The Ends of Critical Intimacy. Spivak, Fanon, and Appropriative Reading / Birgit M. Kaiser
Chapter 7. Critical Vivisection: Transforming Ethical Sensibilities / Timothy O’Leary
Part III: Institutions and Technologies
Chapter 8. Unwinding the Abstraction of Whiteness / Shannon Winnubst
Chapter 9. How Not to be Governed like that by Our Digital Technologies / Mercedes Bunz
Chapter 10. Defective Institutions; Or, Critique / Jacques Lezra
How to sustain criticality as a living force, when the critical stance seems readily assumed today by the right and the left alike? I applaud the authors’ concerted interventions in this hazardous terrain. The result is a richly stimulating collection that brings the ends of critique up to date with a commendably ethical vision.
This fascinating volume provides an accessible and informative engagement with current debates over the supposed deaths and putative aims of critique. Engaging with diverse forms of cultural, literary and political criticism, it provides a compelling demonstration that critique serves a range of different ends and is far from over.
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