What is critical theory and practical criticism


Critical theory is crisis theory, but the crisis of modern capitalist society has been repressed until it became manifest again at the beginning of the 21st century. This explains the undiminished timeliness of the program of a critical theory of society. Such a theory must be understood today as a moment in the incalculable stream of socially generated negation achievements, no longer as its leading part.

The texts gathered in this volume date from the last 30 years, most of them from recent times, and some are here for the first time. They try to renew the concepts of criticism and the negation of society with modern theoretical means. The critical theory still starts from left Hegianism. But it can only achieve its object, which is changing at a breathtaking speed, if it makes itself completely dependent on the instruments of advanced communication, systems and evolution theories available today. In the first part, some conceptual and programmatic foundations of today's critical theory are explicated, in the second part they are linked in loose succession with current theories and theorists, and in the third part empirical examples are attempted to further develop the theory objectively.