Critical Theory in a Global(-izing) Context: The Relevance of Rosa Luxemburg

  • Abstract:

    Current discussions of critical theory range across a series of themes including class, race, gender, and other identities, as well as how to frame the question of emancipatory politics in a globalizing world. This paper argues that the insights of Rosa Luxemburg, though a century old, remain relevant to contemporary debates in critical theory circles. With an approach marked by a sensitivity to dialectical thought, totality, and difference, and with original contributions on the themes of imperialism, conscienticization and democracy, the work of Rosa Luxemburg offers much to critically-oriented intellectuals committed to the idea that a better world is not only necessary but possible.