ONLINE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY
 

HISTORY                                   REGIONS                                      TOPICS


 

 

The ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY is an open access, online, peer-reviewed reference work devoted to the study of ‘theory’ in all its manifestations (e.g. aesthetic theories, linguistic theory, literary theory, political theory, sociological theory, etc.).  It takes the form of what might be described as an ‘E-Book,’ that is, an online or electronic book that is, as such, potentially capable of evolving and expanding forever.  As such, the ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY is a perpetual work in progress which will never likely reach a stage of perfect completion.  

Similar, though not the same, ventures include THE LIVING HANDBOOK OF NARRATOLOGY, the STANFORD ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY and the INTERNET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PHILOSOPHY.

The ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY comprises peer-reviewed entries on a variety of topics, written for the most part by academics with expertise in the area n question.  Entries explore a wide variety of subjects, ranging from articles devoted to exploring the HISTORY OF THEORY (e.g. the views of an early modern philosopher such as René Descartes or a nineteenth century theorist such as Karl Marx), to the theories specific to various REGIONS (e.g. Caribbean literary theory or African historiography), as well as various TOPICS addressed by theorists (such as the nature of knowledge, the mind, gender, or even 'Theory' itself, etc.).  

The ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY is being developed in incremental stages.  Accordingly, please bear with us as the building of webpages and, by extension, the entire website takes time.

  • the first stage, devoted to the identification of relevant theorists, topics, and so on as well as the building of the relevant bibliographies and links to online resources, is now largely complete;

  • the second stage involves the construction of the various pages;

  • the third stage involves the identification of experts in each of these areas and the writing of entries -- during this stage, we will focus firstly on entries devoted to the History of Theory, secondly on Theoretical Topics, and thirdly on the various Regions in which Theory is explored;

  • the fourth stage will be devoted to Postcolonial Theory; and

  • the fifth stage will focus on Feminist Theory.

SUBMISSIONS

If you would like to request to do one of the entries listed or to suggest another one not currently listed (what you see below is not an exhaustive list), please contact the general editor, Richard Clarke, at richard.clarke@cavehill.uwi.edu

All submissions are required to follow these GUIDELINES.


HISTORICAL PERIODS

ANCIENT / CLASSICAL THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Ancient (Classical) Art

Ancient (Classical) Literature:

Classical Literary Theory and Criticism

Ancient (Classical) Philosophy:

Pre-Socratics (c.650 - c.400 BCE)

Hellenistic, Roman and Late Antique Philosophy (c.300 BCE - c.150 CE):

  • Epicureanism

  • Neo-Platonism

  • Skepticism (Academic [Socratic] and Pyrrhonian)

  • Stoicism

Ancient (Classical) Rhetorical Theory (inc. the Sophists)

Theorists:

Aristotle, Cicero, Epicurus, Epictetus, Horace, Isocrates, ‘Longinus,’ Lucretius, Plato, Plotinus, Quintilian, Seneca, Sextus Empiricus

MEDIEVAL THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Medieval Art

Medieval Literature:

Medieval Literary Theory and Criticism

Medieval Philosophy

Medieval Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Aquinas, Augustine, Dante

RENAISSANCE THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Renaissance Art

Renaissance Literature:

Renaissance Literary Theory and Criticism

Renaissance Philosophy

Renaissance Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Bacon, Erasmus, Ficino, Gosson, Hobbes, Jonson, Machiavelli, Montaigne, Pico, Puttenham, Ramus, Sidney, Vives, Valla, Wilson

EARLY MODERN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Neo-Classical Art

Neo-Classical Literature:

Neo-Classical Literary Theory and Criticism

Early Modern Philosophy

Early Modern Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Addison, Berkeley, Blair, Boileau, Burke, Campbell, Condillac, Condorcet, Corneille, Descartes, Dryden, Goethe, Hamann, Herder, Hume, Jacobi, Johnson, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Pope, Reynolds, Rousseau, Spinoza, Vico, Wollstonecraft, Young

NINETEENTH CENTURY THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Nineteenth Century Art

Nineteenth Century Literature:

Romantic Literature (c.1770 - c.1830):

England

France

Germany

Romantic Literary Theory and Criticism

'Victorian' Literature (c.1830 - 1890)

England

France

Germany

Victorian Literary Theory and Criticism

Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Nineteenth Century Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Arnold, Baudelaire, Blake, Carlyle, Coleridge, Comte, Darwin, De Stael, Dilthey, Emerson, Fichte, Hegel, Holderlin, Humboldt, Henry James, Keats, Kierkegaard, Mallarmé, John Stuart Mill, Nietzsche, Pater, Schelling, Schiller, A. W. Schlegel, F. Schlegel, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer, Shelley, Taine, Tolstoy, Wilde, Wordsworth, Zola

TWENTIETH AND TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature:

Modern Literature (c.1890 - c.1945)

Contemporary Literature (since c.1945)

Literary Theory and Criticism:

Anglo-American Formalist Literary Theories:

Modernism

Myth Criticism

Neo-Aristotelianism (the Chicago School)

New Criticism

Continental Literary Theories:

Marxist Literary Theory

Neo-Kantian and Neo-Hegelian Idealist Literary Theory

Postmodernist Literary Theory

Post-Structuralist Literary Theory:

(Derridean) Deconstructive Literary Theory

(Bakhtinian) Dialogical Literary Theory

(Foucauldian) Discursive Literary Theory

Structuralist Literary Theory

Structuralist Marxist Literary Theory

Structuralist Psychoanalytic Literary Theory

Psychoanalytic Literary Theory

Phenomenological / Existentialist / Hermeneutical Literary Theory

(American) Pragmatist Literary Theory

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Philosophy:

Analytic Philosophy

Continental Philosophy:

Marxism

Neo-Kantian and Neo-Hegelian Idealism

Postmodernism

Post-Structuralisms:

(Derridean) Deconstruction

(Bakhtinian) Dialogism

(Foucauldian) Discourse Analysis

Structuralism

Structuralist Marxism

Structuralist Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis

Pure (or Transcendental) Phenomenology / Existentialist Phenomenology / Hermeneutical Phenomenology

(American) Pragmatism

Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Rhetoric

Theorists:

Abrams, Adler, Adorno, Agamben, Althusser, Apel, Arendt, Auerbach, Curtius, Bakhtin, Bal, Barrett, Barthes, Baudrillard, Benjamin, Benveniste, Bernstein, Betti, Bettelheim, Binswanger, Bloch, Bloom, Blumenberg, Bodkin, Bonaparte, Booth, Boss, Bourdieu, F. H. Bradley, Braidotti, Brecht, Breton, Brooks, Buber, Butler, Callinicos, Camus, Cassirer, Caudwell, Chodorow, Crane, Croce, De Beauvoir, Delauretis, Deleuze, De Man, Derrida, Dewey, Dreyfus, Eagleton, Eichenbaum, Eliot, Empson, Engels, Felman, Fish, Forster, Frank, Friedman, Frye, Foucault, Freud, Frow, Gadamer, Gallop, Genette, Girard, Goldmann, Gramsci, Grassi, Greenblatt, Greimas, Guattari, Gurwitsch, Habermas, Geoffrey Hartmann, Heinz Hartmann, Heidegger, Hirsch, Holland, Honneth, Horkheimer, Hulme, Husserl, Hyppolite, Ingarden, Irigaray, Iser, Jakobson, William James, Jaspers, Jauss, Jones, Jung, Kandinsky, Klein, Kojève, Kristeva, Laclau, Lacan, Laing, Langer, Lanser, Leavis, Lenin, Levinas, Lévi-Strauss, Lotman, Lubbock, Lukács, Lyotard, Macherey, Marcuse, Marx, McKeon, Medvedev, Merleau-Ponty, Miller, Montrose, Mulvey, Pecheux, Peirce, Pepper, Poulantzas, Poulet, Pound, Prince, Propp, Rancière, Ransom, Richards, Ricoeur, Rivière, Rorty, Rose, Sartre, Saussure, Scheler, Schorer, Schweickart, Shklovsky, Showalter, Spitzer, Stevens, Todorov, Tomashevsky, Trilling, Trotsky, Trubetzskoy, Tynianov, Vattimo, Volosinov, Vossler, Watt, Wellek, Williams, Wimsatt, Winnicott, Wittig, Woolf, Yeats, Zizek;


REGIONS

AFRICAN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors: Andrew Armstrong

Fields of Study:

African Art

African Film

African Literature (FORTHCOMING):

African Literary Theory and Criticism

African Philosophy (FORTHCOMING)

African Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Achebe, Amuta, Anozie, Appiah, Cabral, Chinweizu, Diop, Gikandi, Gyekye, Houtondji, Irele, JanMohamed, Masolo, Memmi, Mudimbe, Ngugi, Senghor, Serequeberhan, Soyinka, Wiredu;

AFRICAN AMERICAN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

African American Art

African American Film

African American Literature:

African American Literary Theory and Criticism

African American Philosophy

African American Rhetorical Theory

Theorists:

Asante, Baker, Baldwin, Baraka, Crummell, Douglass, DuBois, Ellison, Gates, Gayle, Gooding-Williams, Harris, Hughes, Hurston, Karenga, King, Lawson, Locke, Lott, Malcolm X, McGary, Mosley, Outlaw, Shelby, West, Wright, Zack;

ASIAN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Asian Art

Asian Film:

Asian Literature:

Asian Literary Theory and Criticism

Asian Philosophy:

Asian Rhetoric

Theorists:

Ahmad, Appadurai, Asad, Bhabha, Chatterjee, Radhakrishnan, Spivak;

CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors: Nicola Hunte

Fields of Study:

Caribbean Art

Caribbean Film

Caribbean Literature (FORTHCOMING):

Caribbean Literary Theory and Criticism (FORTHCOMING)

Caribbean Philosophy

Caribbean Rhetoric

Theorists:

Benitez-Rojo, Lloyd Best, Blyden, Boxill, Brathwaite, Césaire, Cox, Depestre, Fanon, Firmin, Garvey, Gilroy, Glissant, Gordon, Hall, Harris, Henry, James, Lamming, Ménil, Mills, Naipaul, Ortiz, Padmore, Patterson, Price-Mars, Ramchand, Rodney, Rohlehr, Scott, Walcott, Wynter;

MIDDLE EASTERN THOUGHT
Sub-Editors:

Fields of Study:

Middle Eastern Art

Middle Eastern Film

Middle Eastern Literature:

Middle Eastern Literary Theory and Criticism

Middle Eastern Philosophy

Middle Eastern Rhetoric

Theorists:

Said


TOPICS

THE ARTS

VISUAL AND PLASTIC ARTS
Sub-Editors:

Philosophy of Art (Aesthetics)

FILM
Sub-Editors:

Philosophy of Film

Film Theory

LITERATURE
Sub-Editors: Richard Clarke

Genres:

Drama

Poetry

Prose Fiction

Philosophy of Literature

Literary Theory and Criticism:

Bibliography of Primary Sources in Literary Theory and Criticism

The Four Poles of Criticism:

Theories of the Literary Author, Literary History and Canonicity to c. 1900

Theories of Literary Form to c. 1900

Theories of the Literary Reader to c.1900

Theories of Literary Representation to c.1900

Sub-Topics:

Literature and Biology (Literary Darwinism)

Literature and the Environment (Eco-Criticism): Carroll

Literature and Linguistics (inc. Literary Semiotics, Literary Stylistics, Speech-Act Literary Theory)

Theorists:

 

COMMUNICATION

HERMENEUTICS
Sub-Editors: Richard Clarke

Hermeneutics (FORTHCOMING)

LINGUISTICS
Sub-Editors:

Linguistic Theory

Philosophy of Language

RHETORIC
Sub-Editors: Richard Clarke

Bibliography of Primary Sources in Rhetoric

Rhetorical Theory: an Overview

The History of Rhetorical Theory (FORTHCOMING)

The Rhetoric of Inquiry (FORTHCOMING)

SEMIOTICS / SEMIOLOGY
Sub-Editors:

Semiotics

TRANSLATION STUDIES
Sub-Editors:

Sub-Topics:

Narrative

Theorists:

Bitzer, Black, Bloomfield, Burke, Chomsky, Eco, Gross, Hallyn, Harris, Havelock, Johnson, Lakoff, Lanham, Mailloux, Ong, Perelman, Sapir, Scott, Toulmin, Vatz, Weaver, Whorf;

HISTORY
Sub-Editors:

Historiography

Philosophy of History

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

Ankersmit, Jay, Kelley, Kosseleck, LaCapra, Lovejoy, Mink, Hayden White;

THE HUMAN BEING

COGNITIVE SCIENCE
Sub-Editors:

Cognitive Science

PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
Sub-Editors:

Philosophy of Mind

PSYCHOLOGY
Sub-Editors:

Psychological Theory

Sub-Topics:

Gender

Race

Sexuality

Theorists:

Billig, Brentano, Bruner, Dennett, Fodor, Leontiev, Luria, Piaget, Sarbin, Szasz, Vygotsky, Wertsch;
 

KNOWLEDGE

ARGUMENTATION
Sub-Editors:

Argumentation

EPISTEMOLOGY
Sub-Editors:

Epistemology (FORTHCOMING)

LOGIC
Sub-Editors:

Logic

PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
Sub-Editors:

Philosophy of Science

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
Sub-Editors:

Science and Technology Studies (inc. Rhetoric of Science, Sociology of Science)

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

Bachelard, Blair, Brockriede, Canguilhem, Code, Daston, Ehninger, Feyerabend, Gettier, Hacking, Harding, Heelan, Hempel, Hesse, Ralph Johnson, Kuhn, Lakatos, Perelman, Polanyi, Popper, Rouse, Toulmin, Van Eemeren, Walton, Wenzel, Whitehead, Willard, Wilson

METATHEORY
Sub-Editors:

Bibiliography of Primary Sources in Philosophy and 'Theory'

Philosophy (FORTHCOMING)

Theory (FORTHCOMING)

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

Le Doeuff, Rorty

MORALITY
Sub-Editors:

Ethics

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

MacIntyre, Murdoch, Singer

REALITY
Sub-Editors:

Metaphysics

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

 

SOCIETY

ANTHROPOLOGY
Sub-Editors:

Anthropological Theory

ECONOMICS
Sub-Editors:

Economic Theory

LAW
Sub-Editors:

Legal Theory

POLITICS
Sub-Editors:

Political Philosophy

Political Theory

SOCIOLOGY
Sub-Editors:

Sociological Theory

Sub-Topics:

 

Theorists:

Anderson, Benedict, Berger, Berlin, Bloor, Blumer, Boas, Brown, Clifford, Connolly, Cooley, Crapanzo, De Certeau, Douglas, Durkheim, Dworkin, Frazer, Fuller, Geertz, Goffman, Harvey, Hayek, Hobsbawm, Latour, Luckmann, Mannheim, Marcus, McCloskey, G. H. Mead, Mills, Nelson, Nozick, Oakeshott, Parsons, Rabinow, Rawls, Rosaldo, Rosen, Sahlins, Schmitt, Schutz, Shapin, Simmel, Skinner, Strauss, Taylor, Turner, Voegelin, Walzer, Weber, James Boyd White.


 

THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY was last updated: June 21, 2017

General Editor:
Richard L. W. Clarke

Please direct all queries HERE

The ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF THEORY is a publication of Shibboleths Publishing, Bridgetown, Barbados. 
© 2007-Present


This site will always be a work in progress as a result of which pages will be found at various stages of completion.

Philosophy's Other: Theory on the Web

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.