Call For Papers: Critical Thinking and Critical Theory: Critical discourse today, Its various figures and fetishizations




Critical Thinking and Critical Theory: The Critical discourse today, Its several different Figures and Fetishizations.

Deadline: October 15, 2020

Languages: EN, SP, PT


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Editores Invitados:

Dr. Héctor García Cornejo Instituto de Investigaciones Filosóficas, UMSNH, México

Dra. Ruth Alejandra Dávila Figueroa UNAM, México


Critical Thinking and Critical Theory: The Critical discourse today, Its several different Figures and Fetishizations.

There is no doubt that interest in the issue/problem of Critical discourse has increased over the past two decades, due to the emergences of Left-wing governments in Latin America and the incorporation of some unclear concepts of Critical Thinking into that discourse.  A brief systematic reconstruction shows that this concept, now in vogue, is the fruit of the American academic world, we mean that Critical Thought, which raised the question of multiple intelligences, is presented to us with very important and significant deficiencies, precisely because of Its own origin. Political intelligence is scarce, moreover, the different examples found show a lack of this critical attribute, as the main one found in the Philosophy of a Critical nature based on the work of Marx-Engels, which defines the discourse of that type. It is urgent to clarify the difference. Simply transferring the meaning as if It were a specific form of Critical Theory derived from Marxian critical discourse, just because that Left comes from right there, meaning that Critical Thinking would be a thought proper to the Left, carries multiple problems of understanding, since the Left discourse is just political, anti-capitalistic and Marxian. In that sense, if It is not critically appraised according to Its discursive model, a pro/capitalistic subcodification remains in force. So We propose to deal with this problem from a multiple angle, i., e., Critically dealing with the entire spectrum of Bourgeois Positive discourse, for which, We have summoned a variety of authors who work in this line of searching, belonging to different nationalities, institutional affiliations and respecting the gender equality. We will go through this differentiality waiting for a foreseeable result, that is,  the re-attention to Its problematic focus from a Negative Dialectic, the reaffirmation of the principle that renounces any concession with the repressive system, the constant denunciation of the irrational, the assumption of Complexity, Fragmentation and the Saturation of what is criticized, in short, looking in the positivity of the real for possible figures and forms of exit towards more humanized worlds, with the understanding that this last problem is the most imperious and arduous one that presents Itself to us. An outstanding relevance is the damage caused by the naive confusion between on the one hand Critical Thinking and Critical Theory/Critical Philosophy on the other hand, due to the softened and coherentist position of the first aforesaid, as well as Its influence on the political program of exit from the repressed world. Oliver Kozlarek has drawn attention to the question described in nuce, and also added a perspective seeking to eradicate a certain Eurocentrism, proposing a Cosmopolitan critical theory, written in lowercase letters to distinguish It.

Featured topics:

Categories and concepts of Critical Discourse.

Hegemonic discourse in the Media and Its Critical analysis.

Feminism and Critical Theory.

Critical discourse, Power and Subjectivity.


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Kozlarek, O. 2015. Modernidad, crítica y humanismo. Reivindicaciones y posibilidades conceptuales para las ciencias culturales. UMSNH. México.