Faculty of Arts

PHIL 345

Power, Critique and Emancipation

Please note: this is archived course information from 2019 for PHIL 345.


This course provides an examination of some attempts to support political struggles for freedom, justice and recognition through the philosophical critique of modern society.

More specifically, the course examines three generations of theorists associated with the "Frankfurt School" of Critical Theory in Germany. 

First Generation: Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse

Second Generation: Jürgen Habermas, Nancy Fraser

Third Generation: Axel Honneth

Topics to be discussed include science and technology, rationality, bureaucratisation, social control, social alienation, mass communication, the commodification of culture and the idea of critique. 

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Availability 2019

Semester 2


Lecturer(s) Dr Matheson Russell


Coursework + exam


PHIL 345: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Philosophy


PHIL 225

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