The Frankfurt School and Its Critics

Author: The late Tom Bottomore

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134451474

Category: Philosophy

Page: 96

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The Institute of Social Research, from which the Frankfurt School developed, was founded in the early years of the Weimar Republic. It survived the Nazi era in exile, to become an important centre of social theory in the postwar era. Early members of the school, such as Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse, developed a form of Marxist theory known as Critical Theory, which became influential in the study of class, politics, culture and ideology. The work of more recent members, and in particular Habermas, has received wide attention throughout Europe and North America. Tom Bottomore's study takes a new and controversial look at the contributions of the Frankfurt School to modern sociology, examining several issues not previously discussed elsewhere. He discusses the neglect of history and political economy by the critical theorists, and considers the relationship of the later Frankfurt School to the radical movements of the 1960s and the present time. His critical analysis makes the school's writers accessible, through an assessment of their work and an exploration of the relationship of Critical Theory to other forms of sociological thought, especially positivism and structuralism.

The Frankfurt School

The Critical Theories of Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno

Author: N.A

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412818346

Category: History

Page: 241

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Originally published: New York: Wiley, c1977.

Rethinking the Frankfurt School

Alternative Legacies of Cultural Critique

Author: Jeffrey T. Nealon,Caren Irr

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791488012

Category: POLITICAL SCIENCE

Page: 235

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By exploring the work of the Frankfurt school today, this book helps to define the very field of cultural studies.

Jürgen Habermas

Eine Biographie

Author: Stefan Müller-Doohm

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3518737120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 784

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»Jürgen Habermas«, so schrieb der US-amerikanische Philosoph Ronald Dworkin anlässlich des 80. Geburtstags des großen europäischen Denkers, »ist nicht nur der berühmteste lebende Philosoph der Welt. Sein Ruhm selbst ist berühmt.« Nach mehrjährigen Forschungen, intensiver Recherche und ausführlichen Gesprächen mit Weggefährten, Zeitzeugen sowie mit Habermas selbst legt Stefan Müller-Doohm nun die erste umfassende Biographie des bedeutendsten Intellektuellen unserer Zeit vor. Sie beleuchtet sowohl das Zusammenspiel von philosophischer Reflexion und intellektueller Intervention als auch das Wechselverhältnis von Lebens- und Werkgeschichte vor dem Hintergrund historischer Ereignisse.

Habermas-Handbuch

Author: Hauke Brunkhorst,Regina Kreide,Cristina Lafont

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3476052230

Category: Philosophy

Page: 392

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Bekanntester deutscher Philosoph der Gegenwart. Seit mehr als fünfzig Jahren prägt Jürgen Habermas das intellektuelle Leben Deutschlands und darüber hinaus. Mit seinem Werk nimmt er entscheidenden Einfluss auf die Wissenschaften, auf Politik und aktuelle gesellschaftliche Diskussionen. Neben einem Überblick zur Biografie stellt das Handbuch Habermas intellektuelle Kontexte, wie z. B. die Frankfurter Schule, vor und beleuchtet die wichtigsten Stationen seines komplexen Werkes. Der Schlussteil informiert über Begriffe und Konzepte, die sich durch das gesamte Werk ziehen.

Theory and Politics

Studies in the Development of Critical Theory

Author: Hulmet Dubiel,Helmut Dubiel

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262040808

Category: Philosophy

Page: 207

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This important study of the relationship between historical developments and the work of the scholars associated with the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research yields fascinating insights into the actual workings of the Institute and the relationships among its members. The book has already had a major impact in Germany, where it has opened up the subject for argument and analysis by a new generation of scholars.Theory and Politics first explores the effect of political experience on the process of theory construction from 1930 to 1945. The central figure in this examination is Max Horkheimer, whose work is seen as the key to the shift in the Frankfurt School's focus from materialism to Critical Theory to a "critique of instrumental reason." Within each of the three periods defined by these foci the author examines external historical-political events (including the School's emigration to America) and their reflection in the group's changing conception of the relation of theory to practice as well as in its detailed theoretical position. Along the way he helps to clarify such questions as the Schools's evolving attitudes toward the Soviet Union, fascism, science, and the desired utopia.The book then examines what may have been the strongest stage of Critical Theory - the program for interdisciplinary research that emerged in the early 1930s. The author acutely portrays Horkheimer's conception of a synthesis between philosophy and empirical social science that would result in a form of social research relevant to the central problems of the day.As Martin Jay notes in his foreword, Helmut Dubiel has become not only an analyst of Critical Theory but a gifted contributor to its ongoing reception and development. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Frankfurt. Theory and Politics is included in the series, Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought, edited by Thomas McCarthy.

Introduction to Critical Theory

Horkheimer to Habermas

Author: David Held

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520041752

Category: Philosophy

Page: 511

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"This is the first book to present clearly the thought of the Frankfurt school as a whole. . . . A major contribution to the history of social thought. . . . A splendid piece of work."--Mark Poster

Michel Foucault

Critical Assessments

Author: Barry Smart

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 041528533X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 150

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It is impossible to imagine contemporary critical theory without the work of Michel Foucault. His radical reworkings of the concepts of power, knowledge, discourse and identity have influenced the widest possible range of theories and impacted upon disciplinary fields from literary studies to anthropology. Aimed at students approaching Foucault's texts for the first time, this volume offers: * an examination of Foucault's contexts * a guide to his key ideas * an overview of responses to his work * practical hints on 'using Foucault' * an annotated guide to his most influential works * suggestions for further reading. Challenging not just what we think but how we think, Foucault's work remains the subject of heated debate. Sara Mills' Michel Foucault offers an introduction to both the ideas and the debate, fully equipping student readers for an encounter with this most influential of thinkers.

Georg Simmel

Author: David Frisby

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415285356

Category: Philosophy

Page: 161

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This classic series provides students with concise and readable introductions to the work, life and influence of the great sociological thinkers.

Critical Theory, Politics and Society

An Introduction

Author: Peter Stirk

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826478913

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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From the launch of the Journal of Social Research in 1932 to the recent work of Jurgen Habermas on law and democracy, the Frankfurt School has produced some of the most ambitious and influential theories of the past century. This new introduction to the critical theory of the School provides a thorough, concise and up-to-date assessment of thinkers including Pollock, Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Neumann, Lowenthal, Fromm, Kirchheimer and Habermas. Peter Stirk's lively account places the formative work of the School within the context of the Weimar Republic and of Nazi Germany. He contrasts this environment with the very different background of 1950s Germany in which Habermas embarked on his academic career. Stirk goes on to discuss the enduring relevance of political theory to the contemporary political agenda. In particular, he illustrates the continuing validity of the Frankfurt School's criticism of positivist, metaphysical and more recently postmodernist views, and its members' attempts to incorporate psychological perspectives into broader theories of social dynamics. He assesses their contribution to key areas of contemporary debate, including morality, interest, individual and collective identity and the analysis of authoritarian and democratic states. Specifically focused on the interests and needs of social scientists, philosophers and historians of ideas, Critical Theory, Politics and Society is an essential book both for students and for all those who wish to grasp the contours of critical theory and to understand its enduring relevance.

Die Frankfurter Schule

Geschichte / Theoretische Entwicklung/ Politische Bedeutung

Author: Rolf Wiggershaus

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104035997

Category: Philosophy

Page: 800

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Der Philosophiehistoriker Wiggershaus hat mit diesem Buch das Standardwerk zur Kritischen Theorie vorgelegt. Er stellt vom Anfang des »Instituts für Sozialforschung« bis zum Tod Adornos 1969 alle wesentlichen Publikationen in ihrer philosophischen und gesellschaftstheoretischen Programmatik vor und schildert deren Einbindung in die jeweiligen Entwicklungsstadien der Institutsgeschichte. Dabei entsteht eine Darstellung der philosophischen Theorien der führenden Köpfe Horkheimer, Adorno, Fromm, Pollock, Löwenthal, Marcuse und Benjamin und der vielen Gesprächspartner von außerhalb. »Wer in Zukunft über die Frankfurter Schule arbeiten und schreiben will, kommt an diesem Buch nicht mehr vorbei.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Sigmund Freud

Author: Robert Bocock

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415288163

Category: Philosophy

Page: 132

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While white racism has global dimensions, it has an unshakeable lease on life in South African political organizations and its educational system. Donnarae MacCann and Yulisa Maddy here provide a thorough and provocative analysis of South African children's literature during the key decade around Nelson Mandela's release from prison. Their research demonstrates that the literature of this period was derived from the same milieu -- intellectual, educational, religious, political, and economic -- that brought white supremacy to South Africa during colonial times. This volume is a signal contribution to the study of children's literature and its relation to racism and social conditions.

Sociology in Perspective

Author: Mark Kirby

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: 9780435331603

Category: Sociology

Page: 831

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This text, specifically for AQA specifications, is designed to be easy and encouraging for students to use. The book contains updated material and activities together with a new chapter on study skills. It also indicates clearly where activities meet the new evidence requirements for key skills.

Max Weber

Author: Frank Parkin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317828402

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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This study of Weber's sociology, written by an eminent authority, is a clear and illuminating discussion of the most important elements of Weber's thinking. The book concentrates on four main elements of Weber's work: his approach to sociological method, ethical neutrality and historical explanation; his influential work on religion and capitalism; his theory of authority and political power; and his contribution to the analysis of class, status and party.

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: The Key Concepts

Author: John Hartley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134492065

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 288

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This is the third edition of an up-to-date, multi-disciplinary glossary of the concepts you are most likely to encounter in the study of communication, culture and media, with new entries and coverage of recent developments.

Baudrillard and the Culture Industry

Returning to the First Generation of the Frankfurt School

Author: Amirhosein Khandizaji

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319698745

Category: Philosophy

Page: 112

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This book argues for the importance of the theory of the culture industry in today's world. It begins by considering the neglect of the culture industry in the second and third generation of the Frankfurt School, presenting historical background information and criticisms on the theories of Habermas and Honneth. In our age, the culture industry is something quite different from what Adorno and Horkheimer described or could even imagine in the twentieth century. Today, the masses can not only access the media but can also respond to the messages they receive. A key question that arises, then, is why the masses, even after gaining access to their own media, still adhere to the values of the capitalist system? Why haven't they achieved a class consciousness? This work seeks to answer those questions. Drawing on Jean Baudrillard's work, it reveals the semiotic aspects of the culture industry and describes the industry in the age of simulation and hyperreality. The book argues that the culture industry has now entered the micro level of our everyday life through shopping centers, the image of profusion and more. Further, it explores new aspects of the culture industry, such as a passion for participating in the media, the consumed vertigo of catastrophe, and masking the absence of a profound reality. As such, the book will particularly appeal to graduates and researchers in sociology and sociological theory, and all those with an interest in the Frankfurt School and the works of Jean Baudrillard.