The practice of theory, the theory of practice∗

Critical Review 5 (2):179-202 (1991)
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In response to the recent antitheory movement which has called into question the relevance of theory itself, this paper seeks to defend the practice of theory. Taking hermeneutical theory as its model, it seeks to show how a properly postmodern conception of the role and function of theory eludes the criticisms elaborated by various antitheorists. In formulating a new way of envisaging the relation betweeen theory and practice, it seeks not only to defend the theoretical enterprise but to demonstrate as well its importance for the discursive practices of the human sciences and for sociopolitical praxis.
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