What is Critical Theory? Douglas Kellner LIVE!

Douglas Kellner—Rick Roderick’s dissertation advisor and the world's foremost authority on Marcuse, Critical Theory, postmodernism, Fredric Jameson, and media/cultural studies—will be joining us and taking all questions!

Scott Heftler, Ph.D.
Apr 24, 2022
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What is Critical Theory? Douglas Kellner LIVE!

This Thursday, May 05, we will have Q&A with the greatest living philosopher to ever appear on a Meetup. Douglas Kellner—Rick Roderick’s dissertation advisor and the world's foremost authority on Marcuse, Critical Theory, postmodernism, Fredric Jameson, and media/cultural studies—will be joining us and taking all questions!

Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is the author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan, Critical Theory, Marxism, and Modernity, Jean Baudrillard: From Marxism to Postmodernism and Beyond, Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations (with Steven Best), Television and the Crisis of Democracy, The Persian Gulf TV War, Media Culture, The Postmodern Turn (with Steven Best), the six-volume Collected Papers of Herbert Marcuse, along with countless other books and articles.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone curious about the most ambitious of all philosophical practices—the aspiration to encompass every domain of knowledge in a meta-explanation that would realize the unsurpassable limit of all inquiry, by unveiling the logic of the mind-shaping forces in the world that produce our interests.

Why does our automatic meaning- and value-making take on just these forms, at this time? What is the formative engine that is doing all this?

This maximally broad and deep mode of philosophizing, called Critical Theory, is Kellner's expertise.

So come join us for a genuinely psychedelic cognitive experience, where we will excavate and examine the political unconscious and attempt to give birth to our own mothers.

Having a Meetup on Marcuse (and Critical Theory) with Douglas Kellner is like having one on Whitehead hosted by Charles Hartshorne. Or one on Newton hosted by Carl Sagan. Or one on Nietzsche hosted by Walter Kaufmann. I don't know how this miracle came about, but don't miss it.

You can read Kellner’s improbable Wikipedia page here, and check out his books (including many standard college textbooks) here.

So start jotting down your questions as they arise. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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