The future of theory

Jean-Michel Rabaté

Is Theory dead? Is it, as skeptics suggest, too distant from anything 'real' to be useful, too sweeping in its referral of all texts to grand theses? Or is it a mask for fashion and self-promotion in academia? In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabate addresses current anxieties about theory and claims that it still has a crucial role to play. Acknowledging that he cannot speak about the future of theory without taking stock of its past, Rabate starts by sketching its genealogy, particularly its relation to surrealism, philosophy, and the hard sciences. Against this background, he proposes that theory, like hysteria, consistently points out the inadequacies of official, serious and 'masterful' knowledge. Its role, he suggests, is to ask difficult, foundational questions, which entail revisionary readings of culture and its texts. In this way, Rabate claims, whether the theory of the moment is structuralism or globalization, theory in its broader sense will always return, providing us with provocative and stimulating insights into what we do and how we read.

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Is Theory dead? Is it, as skeptics suggest, too distant from anything 'real' to be useful, too sweeping in its referral of all texts to grand theses? Or is it a mask for fashion and self-promotion in academia? In this controversial manifesto, Jean-Michel Rabate addresses current anxieties about theory and claims that it still has a crucial role to play. Acknowledging that he cannot speak about the future of theory without taking stock of its past, Rabate starts by sketching its genealogy, particularly its relation to surrealism, philosophy, and the hard sciences. Against this background, he proposes that theory, like hysteria, consistently points out the inadequacies of official, serious and 'masterful' knowledge. Its role, he suggests, is to ask difficult, foundational questions, which entail revisionary readings of culture and its texts. In this way, Rabate claims, whether the theory of the moment is structuralism or globalization, theory in its broader sense will always return, providing us with provocative and stimulating insights into what we do and how we read.

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[目次]

  • Introduction1. Geneaology 1: Hegel's Plague.2. Genealogy 2: The Avant-Garde at Theory's High Tide.3. Theory, Science, Technology.4. Theory not of Literature but as Literature.Conclusion. Notes. Index.

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[目次]

  • Introduction1. Geneaology 1: Hegel's Plague.2. Genealogy 2: The Avant-Garde at Theory's High Tide.3. Theory, Science, Technology.4. Theory not of Literature but as Literature.Conclusion. Notes. Index.

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書名 The future of theory
著作者等 Rabaté, Jean-Michel
Rabate Jean-Michel
シリーズ名 Blackwell manifestos
出版元 Blackwell
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 v, 170 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0631230122
0631230130
NCID BA57571606
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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