What we're about

Critical philosophy (which is also known as critical theory or social philosophy) is the act of thinking critically and broadly about life and culture.

What is the objective of the Society for Critical Philosophy?

At the Society for Critical Philosophy we engage in conversation, centered around specific readings, and host public lectures.

We are building a coalition of thinkers who are ready and able to interact with the assumptions that reside at the base of culture, assumptions which are assumed to be intelligent and normative, merely because they have never been identified and challenged in light of a broader social context.

"Many ideas prevalent today are revealed to be mere illusions when we consider them from the point of view of their social basis. But it is not enough merely to correlate these ideas with some one social group... We must penetrate deeper and develop them out of the decisive historical process from which the social groups themselves are to be explained."*

The main concern of Critical Philosophy is the liberation of the individual. Critical Philosophy seeks to make people aware of the culture in which they exist, it imparts freedom through the medium of criticism, which is a tool that can be utilized to expand consciousness. Critical Philosophy holds the value that social awareness is vital to freedom. "More than ever, the proposition holds true that progress in freedom demands progress in the consciousness of freedom."**

The concern of Critical Philosophy is the deconstruction of ideology aimed at the emancipation of the individual. The presuppositions of Critical Philosophy are boldly humanistic.

The S.C.P is part of a larger philosophical movement going back to the 1930's; it is represented by the work of Theodore Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Eric Fromm and Herbert Marcuse (to name just a few). Critical philosophy goes back to Socrates, it reached a climax in the work of Karl Marx.

[If the reader is interested in learning more about this subject they might begin by reading Critical Theory and Society by Bronner and Kellner (http://pages.gseis.ucla.edu/faculty/kellner/essays/criticaltheorysociety.pdf)]

*Citation: The Social Function of Philosophy, contained in: Critical Theory. Selected Essays Max Horkheimer, published by Continuum 1982

** Citation: Herbert Marcuse,"Repressive Tolerance." in A Critique of Pure Tolerance (Boston: Beacon Press, 1969)

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HUMAN NATURE AND SOCIAL THEORY [only 9 seats available!]

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Adorno and the Essence of Philosophy

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