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Critical Theory, Politics and Society : An Introduction - Peter M. R. Stirk

Critical Theory, Politics and Society

An Introduction

Hardcover Published: 1st December 1999
ISBN: 9781855675582
Number Of Pages: 288

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The account considers the political context of the formative work of the School against the background of the Weimar Republic and of Nazi Germany. It contrasts this with the very different background of 1950s Germany in which Habermas embarked on his academic career, and goes on to discuss the enduring relevance of critical theory to the contemporary political agenda. In particular, Stirk 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 the School's contribution to key areas of contemporary debate including morality, interest, individual and collective identity and the analysis of authoritarian and democratic states.

Acknowledgements and Notes on References
Biographical Notes
Introductionp. 1
The Frankfurt Schoolp. 14
A Preliminary Outline of Critical Theoryp. 31
The Failure of Metaphysicsp. 46
The Critique of Positivismp. 62
The Attractions and Limits of Psychologyp. 76
The Analysis of Bourgeois Societyp. 93
Paradoxes of Reasonp. 111
The Contours of Critical Theoryp. 127
The Authoritarian and the Democratic Statep. 142
Morality and Interestsp. 159
Individual and Collective Identityp. 175
Conclusionp. 188
Notesp. 192
Select Bibliographyp. 232
Indexp. 243
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ISBN: 9781855675582
ISBN-10: 1855675587
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st December 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.18 x 16.92  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1