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This article replaces the previous one, explicitly linking Critical Theory (CT) to the Frankfurt School, and tracing its roots in Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Max Weber, and Friedrich Nietzsche. If you want the abbreviated version, jump to section 1.3 and read these two paragraphs. "Traditional theories," asserts CT, "fail to analyze the broader social context in which they are embedded... Critical theory, by contrast, reflects on the context of its own origins and aims to be a transformative force within that context... (it) aims to bridge the gap between empirical research and the kind of philosophical thinking needed to grasp the overall historical situation and mediate between specialized empirical disciplines." Image: Lydia Willoughby.

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