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Philosophy and Critical Pedagogy

Insurrection and Commonwealth


Charles Reitz

Critical pedagogy, political economics, and aesthetic theory combine with dialectical and materialist understandings of science, society, and revolutionary politics to develop the most radical goals of society and education. In Philosophy and Critical Pedagogy: Insurrection and Commonwealth, Marcuse’s hitherto misunderstood and neglected philosophy of labor is reconsidered, resulting in a labor theory of ethics. This develops commonwealth criteria of judgment regarding the real and enduring economic and political possibilities that concretely encompass all of our engagement and action. Marcuse’s newly discovered 1974 Paris Lectures are examined and the theories of Georg Lukács and Ernest Manheim contextualize the analysis to permit a critical assessment of the nature of dialectical methodology today. Revolutionary strategy and a common-ground political program against intensifying inequalities of class, race, and gender comprise the book’s commonwealth counter-offensive.
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Names: Reitz, Charles, author.Title: Philosophy and critical pedagogy:insurrection and commonwealth / Charles Reitz.Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2016.Series: Education and struggle: narrative, dialogueand the political production of meaning; vol. 7ISSN 2168-6432 (print) | ISSN 2168-6459 (online)Includes bibliographical references.Identifiers: LCCN 2015048224 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3363-3 (hardcover: alk. paper)ISBN 978-1-4331-3362-6 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4539-1835-7 (e-book)Subjects: LCSH: Education—Philosophy.| Critical pedagogy—Philosophy. Educational sociology. | Dialectic.Classification: LCC LB14.7.R455 2016 | DDC 370.1—dc23LC record available at

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Cover photo of “Blackout” protest at Yale University,November 12, 2015, by Ken Yanagisawa

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