AuthorWettlaufer, Matthew Francis
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Difference and equality: A critical theorist analysis of post-modern philosophy
(Unterschied und Gleichheit: Eine Analyse postmoderner Philosophie aus der Perspektive kritischer Theorie)
The following paper is a critical theorist analysis of post-structuralist philosophy. It examines the omission of an economic critique in post-structuralism and describes this omission as the result of a particular flaw in Nietzsche's epistemological work, an error which has persisted all the way down through deconstruction, post-colonialism, and cultural studies. The paper seeks to reintroduce an economic critique of capitalism back into the social critique of post-structuralism, with the promise that the combination of the two will prove stronger than either critical theory or post-structuralism alone. To achieve this it reinterprets Marx' concept of metabolism as a critical economic category that mirrors post-structuralism's concept of differance.