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Mythologies Mythologies (Paperback)
by (shelved 107 times as theory)
avg rating 4.13 — 12,498 ratings — published 1957
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Orientalism Orientalism (Paperback)
by (shelved 82 times as theory)
avg rating 4.02 — 13,511 ratings — published 1978
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The Society of the Spectacle The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback)
by (shelved 72 times as theory)
avg rating 4.11 — 8,098 ratings — published 1967
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Literary Theory: An Introduction Literary Theory: An Introduction (Paperback)
by (shelved 71 times as theory)
avg rating 3.93 — 3,358 ratings — published 1983
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The Communist Manifesto The Communist Manifesto (Paperback)
by (shelved 63 times as theory)
avg rating 3.45 — 65,587 ratings — published 1848
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Pedagogy of the Oppressed Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paperback)
by (shelved 56 times as theory)
avg rating 4.27 — 17,696 ratings — published 1967
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Simulacra and Simulation Simulacra and Simulation (Paperback)
by (shelved 54 times as theory)
avg rating 3.97 — 8,827 ratings — published 1981
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Of Grammatology Of Grammatology (Paperback)
by (shelved 53 times as theory)
avg rating 3.90 — 5,271 ratings — published 1967
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Writing and Difference Writing and Difference (Paperback)
by (shelved 52 times as theory)
avg rating 3.95 — 5,870 ratings — published 1967
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The Pleasure of the Text The Pleasure of the Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 51 times as theory)
avg rating 4.12 — 4,306 ratings — published 1975
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The Wretched of the Earth The Wretched of the Earth (Paperback)
by (shelved 49 times as theory)
avg rating 4.17 — 13,192 ratings — published 1961
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Black Skin, White Masks Black Skin, White Masks (Paperback)
by (shelved 49 times as theory)
avg rating 4.23 — 6,646 ratings — published 1952
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The Second Sex The Second Sex (Paperback)
by (shelved 48 times as theory)
avg rating 4.01 — 32,608 ratings — published 1949
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The Prince The Prince (Paperback)
by (shelved 47 times as theory)
avg rating 3.71 — 150,369 ratings — published 1532
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The Republic The Republic (Paperback)
by (shelved 46 times as theory)
avg rating 3.84 — 121,231 ratings — published -380
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Beyond Good and Evil Beyond Good and Evil (Paperback)
by (shelved 46 times as theory)
avg rating 4.00 — 54,370 ratings — published 1886
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Civilization and Its Discontents Civilization and Its Discontents (Paperback)
by (shelved 41 times as theory)
avg rating 3.70 — 25,646 ratings — published 1930
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Ways of Seeing Ways of Seeing (Paperback)
by (shelved 40 times as theory)
avg rating 3.79 — 108,430 ratings — published 1972
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Image, Music, Text Image, Music, Text (Paperback)
by (shelved 39 times as theory)
avg rating 4.10 — 2,319 ratings — published 1977
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The Location of Culture (Routledge Classics) The Location of Culture (Routledge Classics)
by (shelved 37 times as theory)
avg rating 3.74 — 1,829 ratings — published 1994
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A Lover's Discourse: Fragments A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (Paperback)
by (shelved 37 times as theory)
avg rating 4.40 — 5,455 ratings — published 1977
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The Poetics of Space The Poetics of Space (Paperback)
by (shelved 36 times as theory)
avg rating 4.19 — 7,643 ratings — published 1957
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Epistemology of the Closet Epistemology of the Closet (Paperback)
by (shelved 35 times as theory)
avg rating 4.08 — 2,065 ratings — published 1990
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The Culture Industry (Routledge Classics) The Culture Industry (Routledge Classics)
by (shelved 35 times as theory)
avg rating 4.02 — 4,234 ratings — published 1947
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Poetics Poetics (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as theory)
avg rating 3.76 — 11,176 ratings — published -335
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Undoing Gender Undoing Gender (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as theory)
avg rating 4.08 — 3,248 ratings — published 2004
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S/Z S/Z (Paperback)
by (shelved 34 times as theory)
avg rating 3.97 — 2,751 ratings — published 1970
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Culture and Imperialism Culture and Imperialism (Paperback)
by (shelved 33 times as theory)
avg rating 4.11 — 4,958 ratings — published 1993
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“The sentence completes its signification only with its last term.”
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Eugène Ionesco
“BERENGER: And you consider all this natural?



DUDARD: What could be more natural than a rhinoceros? 



BERENGER: Yes, but for a man to turn into a rhinoceros is abnormal beyond question.



DUDARD: Well, of course, that's a matter of opinion ... 



BERENGER: It is beyond question, absolutely beyond question!


DUDARD: You seem very sure of yourself. Who can say where the normal stops and the abnormal begins? Can you personally define these conceptions of normality and abnormality? Nobody has solved this problem yet, either medically or philosophically. You ought to know that. 



BERENGER: The problem may not be resolved philosophically -- but in practice it's simple. They may prove there's no such thing as movement ... and then you start walking ... [he starts walking up and down the room] ... and you go on walking, and you say to yourself, like Galileo, 'E pur si muove' ... 



DUDARD: You're getting things all mixed up! Don't confuse the issue. In Galileo's case it was the opposite: theoretic and scientific thought proving itself superior to mass opinion and dogmatism. 



BERENGER: [quite lost] What does all that mean? Mass opinion, dogmatism -- they're just words! I may be mixing everything up in my head but you're losing yours. You don't know what's normal and what isn't any more. I couldn't care less about Galileo ... I don't give a damn about Galileo. 



DUDARD: You brought him up in the first place and raised the whole question, saying that practice always had the last word. Maybe it does, but only when it proceeds from theory! The history of thought and science proves that.

BERENGER: [more and more furious] It doesn't prove anything of the sort! It's all gibberish, utter lunacy!



DUDARD: There again we need to define exactly what we mean by lunacy ... 



BERENGER: Lunacy is lunacy and that's all there is to it! Everybody knows what lunacy is. And what about the rhinoceroses -- are they practice or are they theory?”
Eugène Ionesco, Three Plays: Rhinoceros / The Chairs / The Lesson

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