Looking Forward to Progress: On Amy Allen's The End of Progress

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Jordan Daniels


In The End of Progress, Amy Allen connects post- and decolonial concerns about the implications of the concept of progress to contemporary critical theory. In the work of Jürgen Habermas and Axel Honneth, progress—as historical development and sociocultural learning—has taken on the load-bearing role in grounding normativity. Allen seeks to decolonize critical theory “from within” by recuperating Adorno and Foucault’s more ambivalent conceptions of progress. While such a move does not itself amount to “decolonizing” critical theory, Allen helps to inaugurate this important exchange via her convincing critique of some of the leading figures of critical theory today.

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Daniels, J. (2018). Looking Forward to Progress: On Amy Allen’s The End of Progress. Journal of World Philosophies, 3(2), 110-113. Retrieved from https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/2159
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Jordan Daniels

Jordan Daniels is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at Emory University in Atlanta, USA. Her research interests include critical theory, decolonial thought, feminism, and aesthetics. She is currently writing a dissertation on Kant and Adorno.