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This front matter section of the book Critical Practice from Voltaire to Foucault, Eagleton and Beyond: Contested Perspectives contains the table of contents, acknowledgements and the preface. The book concerns an individual in a particular historical situation, working with the material at hand, confronting social order and culture with the available tools. Criticism involves selecting an historical object of interest, then describing its sources of generation, presence in society and future tendencies. Historical objects of major public interest (such as a political regime, economic mode of production, religious institution, educational structure) are always of vague contours, which is why their identity remains ambiguous no matter what the effort at precision.

Keywords: cultural criticism; François-Marie Arouet Voltaire; historical objects; MichelFoucault; Terry Eagleton

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