The Center for Critical Thought is a collaborative educational movement initiated and created by individuals from three distinct yet commonly oriented groups: Democracy at Work, the Institute for the Radical Imagination and The Marxist Educational Project. These groups of New York city based intellectuals-activists have come together with kindred activists and facilitators to found a radical educational institution whose principal mission is to encourage, develop, and facilitate new and imaginative forms of thinking and action in the world we inhabit. In this role, the Center for Critical Thought will first serve as an affordable and substantive alternative to the expensive and superficial education currently offered in most universities. In a strategic and nearly homogenous design through policy and cost, these universities have abandoned the values of higher learning in favor of crass corporatization. By confronting the challenging issues of our time through radical historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives, we have and continue to build interdisciplinary and inclusive approaches to critical thought and action. At the Center for Critical Thought, our approach includes the rethinking of the categories of class, race and gender in our historical moment and to consciously build a new pragmatic and critical movement for radical change. This will also involve crucial conjectural interventions including the use of alternative media, site actions, writings, public events and the like. Finally, the Center for Critical Thought will elucidate and nurture non –sectarian and open-ended perspectives on the contemporary world. Our mandate is to understand the effects of capitalism on our everyday lives and to facilitate and affirm the thinking and communities necessary for a transformative politics both of the self and the world.
Alongside our open commitment to the construction of a non-sectarian and anti-dogmatic culture, an atmosphere of curiosity and discussion will be consistently encouraged. In this context, any individual or group that attempts to limit creative dialogue and interfere with the learning of others will not be tolerated.
Read about our Core Curriculum.