Books for changing the world
Critique of Rationality
Judgement and Creativity from Benjamin to Merleau-Ponty
A fascinating rectification for the distortion of technical necessity in Western Society due to unbridled instrumental reason.
Critique of Rationality postulates aesthetic-consciousness as the site of socialization in communities of meaning, as a frame for judgment and creativity, arguing that struggling to awaken that consciousness is essential to an open society. In making this argument, O'Brien moves through phenomenology, epistemology, Romanticism, aesthetics, and psycho-analytics, drawing on many of the key thinkers of western philosophy on the way.

Other books by John E. O'Brien

  • Critical Practice from Voltaire to Foucault, Eagleton and Beyond

    This volume aims to answer why so much 'critical' intellectual activity can be done with so little impact.