Ever since Socrates, philosophy has been a dangerous endeavor, but it loses its critical edge if practiced only as an academic exercise. Chad Kautzer renews philosophy’s original stance by making a forceful case for an interventionist thinking informed by contemporary social struggles. This book is an indispensable tool for all who want to not only to interpret the world but to change it.Daniel Loick, Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Radical Philosophy: An Introduction (PDF version) by Chad Kautzer is an innovative, systematic guide to radical philosophy and critical resistance. Kautzer received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University, New York in 2008, after periods of study in Frankfurt, Germany. Before joining Lehigh’s faculty in 2016, he was Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Social Justice Minor at the University of Colorado Denver and a Visiting Research Scholar at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2015/16.
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Chapter 1: Critical Methodology
- Jan. 4: Introduction, 1-19
- Jan. 11: Hermeneutics and Standpoint, 20-30
- Jan. 18: Phenomenology, 30-33
- Jan. 25: Dialectics, 33-40
- Feb. 1: Materialism, 40-45
Chapter 2: Marxism and Class Critique
- Feb. 8: Introduction/Alienation and the Phenomenology of Labor, 46-55
- Feb. 15: Fetishism and the Hermeneutics of Value, 55-62
- Feb. 22: Surplus Value and Class Conflict, 62-70
- March 1: Post-Capitalism, Communism, and Autonomism, 70-74
Chapter 3: Feminism and Queer Theory
- March 8: Introduction/Bodies, Performance, and Normalization, 75-86
- March 15: Objectification, Praxis, and Masculinity, 86-97
- March 22: Law, Patriarchy, and Labor, 97-104
Chapter 4: Antiracism and the Whiteness Problem
- March 29: Introduction/Colonialism, Master, and the Hermeneutics of Race, 105-122
- April 5: Whiteness as Property, Sovereignty, and Fetish, 122-134