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Critical Theory and Society : A Reader - Stephen Eric Bronner

Critical Theory and Society

A Reader

By: Stephen Eric Bronner (Editor), Douglas Kellner (Editor)


Published: 15th November 1989
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The Institute for Social Research, usually referred to as the Frankfurt School, was the first Marxist-oriented research institute in Europe. Its members attempted to revise both the Marxian critique of capitalism and the theory of the revolution in order to confront the social and political conditions that had evolved since Marx's death. As a result they developed a critical theory' of society to overcome those aspects of social reality which Marx and classical Marxism neglected or downplayed, such as the state, culture, psychology and everyday life. Critical Theory and Society provides a general overview of the perspectives which comprise the modern tradition of critical theory. It also explores the contributions of such crucial thinkers as Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Jurgen Habermas, and Herbert Marcuse to various fields of intellectual inquiry such as social psychology, cultural criticism, philosophy and political theory. The selections have been chosen both for their clarity and for their importance to the tradition. Indeed, they are seminal essays, a number of which appear here in English for the first time.

Editors IntroductionPart I: The Institute for Social Research and Its Original Programme1. The State of Social Philosophy and the Tasks of an Institute of Social Research, Max Horkheimer 2. Psychoanalysis and Sociology, Erich Fromm 3. On the Sociology of Literature, Leo Lowenthal 4. Notes on Science and the Crisis, Max Horkheimer 5. Philosophy and Critical Theory, Hebert MarcusePart II: Fragments of a Theory of Society6. The Jews and Europe, Max Horkheimer 7. State Capitalism: Its Possibilities and Limitations, Frederick Pollock 8. From Ontology to Technology: Fundamental Tendencies of Industrial Society, Herbert Marcuse 9. The Culture Industry Reconsidered, T.W. Adorno 10. The Public Sphere, Jurgen HabermasPart III: Cultural Criticism and the Critique of Mass Culture11. The Mass Ornament, Siegfried Kracauer 12. Lyric Poetry and Society, T.W. Adorno 13. Surrealism:"The Last Snapshot of European Intelligentsia", Walter Benjamin 14. Historical Perspectives on Popular Culture, Leo Lowenthal 15. Perennial Fashion, T.W. AdornoPart IV: Critical Theory and PsychologyN16. Politics and Psychoanalysis,Erich Fromm 17. Introduction to The Authoritarian Personality, T.W. Adorno 18. The Obsolescence of the Freudian Concept of Man, Herbert Marcuse 19. The Crisis of Psychoanalysis, Erich FrommPart V: Critical Visions20. Theses on the Philosophy of History, Walter Benjamin 21. Notes on the Institute Activities, Max Horkheimer 22. Society, T.W. Adorno 23. Liberation from the Affluent Society, Herbert Marcuse 24. The Reification of the Proletariat, Herbert Marcuse 25. The Tasks of a Critical Theory of Society, Jurgen Habermas

ISBN: 9780415900416
ISBN-10: 0415900417
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 15th November 1989
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.2  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1