Anna Loretoni

What's Critical about Critical Theory?

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Keywords: Feminism; Critical Theory; Gender; Individualism; Autonomy.

Starting from Nancy Fraser's essay, the present contribution explores some feminist critiques addressing Critical Theory. More specifically, it focuses on the theoretical achievements developed from a gender perspective. The author examines the private dimension as crucial to shape the public sphere and to redefine the concept of autonomy with a relational enphasis. Stemming from the multifaceted nature of the conditions of injustice, this essay takes into consideration the perspective of intersectionalism, connecting it to Nancy Fraser and Iris Marion Young's reflections on the different forms of oppression. The contribution concludes by proposing some open issues such as the urgency of both a feminism that starting from non-Western contexts is critical toward white feminism and of a social-critical reflection that goes beyond the nation state to face also the European dimension.

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