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The Social Theory of Literary Theory: Comments on Eli Thorkelson, “The Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom”

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Abstract:

Considering the general analytical ability—whether applied to conceptual or social materials—and the quality of the argumentation characterising it, Eli Thorkelson's “The Silent Social Order of the Theory Classroom” is a remarkable piece, all the more so considering that it was an honours submission. Keeping this overall evaluation in mind throughout, I propose to confine the following short commentary to a critical assessment focused single-mindedly on the theoretical structure of the piece. To be able to do so in a comprehensible manner, I shall open with some brief remarks to place the piece in context as I understand it.

Keywords: Cognitive Schemes; Communicative Reason; Discourse; Power; Practical Reason; Practice Theory; Pragmatic Sociology; Strategy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02691720802156300

Publication date: 2008-04-01

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