Critical Practice

Critical Practice : Philosophy and Creativity

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What is the relationship between theory and practice in the creative arts today?
In this book, Martin McQuillan offers a critical interrogation of the idea of practice-led research. He goes beyond the recent vocabulary of research management to consider the more interesting question of the emergence of a cultural space in which philosophy, theory, history and practice are becoming indistinguishable.

McQuillan considers the work of a number of writers and thinkers who cross the divide between theoretical and creative practice, including Alain Badiou and Terry Eagleton, and the longer tradition of 'theory-writing' that runs through the work of Helene Cixous, Roland Barthes and Louis Althusser. His aim is to elucidate the contemporary ramifications of a relationship that has been contested throughout the long history of philosophy, from Plato's dialogues to Derrida's 'Envois'.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 28.19mm | 453.59g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780930348
  • 9781780930343

Table of contents


Introduction: Practice is not what you think

Part I
1. Theory and Practice: from Kant to Plato
2. The last chapter of the history of the world
3. Blindness and Touching
4. Prometheus and Pygmalion
5. Creation and Innovation

Part II
6. 1975 to 1871
7. Derrida queries de Man

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About Martin McQuillan

Martin McQuillan is Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University, UK, where he is also Co-Director of The London Graduate School. His books include Roland Barthes (2011), Deconstruction after 9/11 (2008), Paul de Man (2001), and (as co-author) Deconstructing Disney (1999).
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