In the explicitly critical tradition of communication studies, Philosophy, Theory and Critique is broadly concerned with theory and critique that cuts across the various boundaries within the study of communication and its intersections with other modes of studying human interaction. In doing so, it may draw heavy from the neighboring discipline of philosophy.
Consequently, it provides a forum in which scholars can explore the relations and intersections between the study of media and communication and the range of contemporary theoretical and philosophical concerns, arguments and positions in the service of social, cultural and political change. It is also committed to providing a space for those emergent interests challenging the common sense assumptions currently guiding our understanding of the practice of communication.
Its members come from many areas and sub-fields. The philosophical questions they raise vary greatly: from the nature of language, subjectivity or experience, to the epistemology of science and interpretation, to the politics of knowledge and communicative relations. Members bring many different philosophical orientations to bear upon these questions, including phenomenology and hermeneutics, Marxism, feminism, critical media theory, post-structuralism, pragmatism, social theory and cultural studies. The Division seeks exchange, education and conversation, and it encourages tending to the differences produced by these differing orientations.
The result is that the Division offers a lively forum for contemporary ideas toward the critical study and practice of media and communication.