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Mythologies Mythologies (Paperback)
by (shelved 47 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.12 — 21,285 ratings — published 1957
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Gender Trouble Gender Trouble (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.11 — 25,350 ratings — published 1989
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Simulacra and Simulation Simulacra and Simulation (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.99 — 17,145 ratings — published 1981
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Orientalism Orientalism (Paperback)
by (shelved 38 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.07 — 28,057 ratings — published 1978
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Pedagogy of the Oppressed Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.25 — 35,122 ratings — published 1968
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The Culture Industry The Culture Industry (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.01 — 7,902 ratings — published 1947
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The Wretched of the Earth The Wretched of the Earth (Paperback)
by (shelved 31 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.17 — 25,251 ratings — published 1961
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The Society of the Spectacle The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback)
by (shelved 30 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.04 — 17,418 ratings — published 1967
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Writing and Difference Writing and Difference (Paperback)
by (shelved 28 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.97 — 10,567 ratings — published 1967
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Black Skin, White Masks Black Skin, White Masks (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.25 — 15,072 ratings — published 1952
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Of Grammatology Of Grammatology (Paperback)
by (shelved 27 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.93 — 9,323 ratings — published 1967
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Image-Music-Text Image-Music-Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 23 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.09 — 5,090 ratings — published 1977
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Aesthetics and Politics Aesthetics and Politics (Paperback)
by (shelved 21 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.16 — 4,075 ratings — published 1977
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Negative Dialectics Negative Dialectics (Paperback)
by (shelved 19 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.09 — 2,958 ratings — published 1948
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Specters of Marx Specters of Marx (Paperback)
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avg rating 3.97 — 5,192 ratings — published 1993
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Aesthetic Theory Aesthetic Theory (Paperback)
by (shelved 18 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.10 — 4,188 ratings — published 1970
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The Political Unconscious The Political Unconscious (Paperback)
by (shelved 18 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.03 — 1,569 ratings — published 1981
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Empire Empire (Paperback)
by (shelved 18 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.75 — 3,643 ratings — published 2000
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The Second Sex The Second Sex (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.08 — 70,183 ratings — published 1949
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Culture and Imperialism Culture and Imperialism (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.13 — 9,851 ratings — published 1993
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The Location of Culture The Location of Culture (Paperback)
by (shelved 16 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.82 — 3,783 ratings — published 1994
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Violence Violence (Paperback)
by (shelved 15 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.91 — 5,760 ratings — published 2007
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Reading Capital Reading Capital (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.98 — 1,625 ratings — published 1971
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The Communist Manifesto The Communist Manifesto (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 3.50 — 111,233 ratings — published 1848
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The Pleasure of the Text The Pleasure of the Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as critical-theory)
avg rating 4.09 — 7,172 ratings — published 1973
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Alan Turing
“Let us return for a moment to Lady Lovelace’s objection, which stated that the machine can only do what we tell it to do. One could say that a man can "inject" an idea into the machine, and that it will respond to a certain extent and then drop into quiescence, like a piano string struck by a hammer. Another simile would be an atomic pile of less than critical size: an injected idea is to correspond to a neutron entering the pile from without. Each such neutron will cause a certain disturbance which eventually dies away. If, however, the size of the pile is sufficiently increased, the disturbance caused by such an incoming neutron will very likely go on and on increasing until the whole pile is destroyed. Is there a corresponding phenomenon for minds, and is there one for machines? There does seem to be one for the human mind. The majority of them seem to be "sub critical," i.e. to correspond in this analogy to piles of sub-critical size. An idea presented to such a mind will on average give rise to less than one idea in reply. A smallish proportion are supercritical. An idea presented to such a mind may give rise to a whole "theory" consisting of secondary, tertiary and more remote ideas. Animals’ minds seem to be very definitely sub-critical. Adhering to this analogy we ask, "Can a machine be made to be super-critical?”
Alan Turing, Computing machinery and intelligence

Paul Virilio
“There are eyes everywhere. No blind spot left. What shall we dream of when everything becomes visible? We'll dream of being blind.”
Paul Virilio

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