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“An impressive tour de force, providing us with a summary of contemporary critical theories that is both rigorous and clear.” Philosophie magazine


A panoramic account of the world’s leading writers and thinkers.

As the crisis of capitalism unfolds, the need for alternatives is felt ever more intensely. The struggle between radical movements and the forces of reaction will be merciless. A crucial battlefield, where the outcome of the crisis will in part be decided, is that of theory.

Over the last twenty-five years, radical intellectuals across the world have produced important and innovative ideas. The endeavour to transform the world without falling into the catastrophic traps of the past has been a common element uniting these new approaches.

This book—aimed at both the general reader and the specialist—offers the first global cartography of the expanding intellectual field of critical contemporary thought. More than thirty authors and intellectual currents of every continent are presented in a clear and succinct manner. A history of critical thought in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is also provided, helping situate current thinkers in a broader historical and sociological perspective.


RAZMIG KEUCHEYAN is an assistant professor in sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He is the author of Le constructivisme. Des origines à nos jours and has recently edited a selection from Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks in French.


“Explains the key ideas, and the contradictions within them, of authors who are often cited but rarely read.”– Le Monde diplomatique

“A precious tool permitting us to escape the whingeing about the mediocrity of thinkers today and to help us anticipate the tremors yet to come.”– Le Nouvel observateur

“Written with intelligence and clarity.”– Libération

“In this courageous and audacious work, the sociologist Razmig Keucheyan offers a robust . . . panorama of contemporary critical theories.”–

“An impressive tour de force, providing us with a summary of contemporary critical theories that is both rigorous and clear.”– Philosophie magazine


PAPERBACK: NOVEMBER 2014 / 304 pages / ISBN: 9781781685594 / £12.99 / $19.95 / $23.95 (Canada)

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