Background to Critical Theory

Introduction and Summary

A Background to Critical Theory places current approaches in the wider context of aesthetics, science and political economy. Written as 45 evaluative, jargon-free and largely self-contained chapters, this 170,000 word study surveys the theories of art and writing, linguistics, the theories of meaning, the concept of truth  in science, literature, mathematics and logic, the rational and irrational philosophies of Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Barthes, Derrida, etc., suggestions from brain functioning and many other matters that have a tangential but important bearing on how we judge literature: both how we did in the past and how we do so today.

Two Volumes

The work is closely referenced and divided into two ebooks.

  Volume One provides the text and references. Volume Two provides the Internet references.