What is critical theory? Per the Oxford English Dictionary: “critical theory [translating German kritische Theorie, M. Horkheimer (1937) in Zeitschr. f. Sozialforschung 245], a dialectical critique of society (esp. of the theoretical bases of its organization) associated with the leaders of the Institute for Social Research at Frankfurt (the Frankfurt School).” (source: “critical, adj.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, September 2016. Web. 3 December 2016.)
Critical theory, in my mind, is the study of how the things we take for granted – especially involving politics, sexuality, and cultural mores – are not “natural” or “common sense.” To me, deconstruction is a systematic breakdown of the systems upon which human society operates; the values and philosophic concepts upon which we as citizens of the western world see as the normal, integral set of values which make up our collective and group psychology. Furthermore, I believe deconstruction (per Derrida) to be the basis for all modern critical thought; be it feminism, queer theory, modern Marxist theory, etc. the basis for all modern theory lies in the principals set forth by pioneering deconstructionists.
There is no singular answer to the question “what is critical theory?” because the pursuit of critical theory means something different to everyone working in the field. On this page, you will find my academic and personal studies in the fields of critical theory and philosophy. I try to focus my work in areas of political or philosophic importance, especially modern Marxism, the concepts and study of free will, and debunking false and misguided modern political discourse.