The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

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The portentous terms and phrases associated with the first decades of the Frankfurt School - exile, the dominance of capitalism, fascism - seem as salient today as they were in the early twentieth century. The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School addresses the many early concerns of critical theory and brings those concerns into direct engagement with our shared world today. In this volume, a distinguished group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines revisits the philosophical and political contributions of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Jurgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, and others.


Throughout, the Companion's focus is on the major ideas that have made the Frankfurt School such a consequential and enduring movement. It offers a crucial resource for those who are trying to make sense of the global and cultural crisis that has now seized our contemporary world.
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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 178 x 254mm | 1,261g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Tables, black and white
  • 1138333247
  • 9781138333246

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Table of contents

Part I: Basic Concepts


1. The Idea of Instrumental Reason


J.M. Bernstein


2. The Idea of the Culture Industry


Juliane Rebentisch and Felix Trautmann


3. Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory


Joel Whitebook


4. The Philosophy of History


Martin Shuster


5. Discourse Ethics


Maeve Cooke


6. The Theory of Recognition in the Frankfurt School


Timo Jutten


7. History as Critique: Walter Benjamin


Eli Friedlander


8. Topographies of Culture: Siegfried Kracauer


Andreas Huyssen


9. History and Transcendence in Adorno's Idea of Truth


Lambert Zuidervaart


Part II: Historical Themes


10. Ungrounded: Horkheimer and the Founding of the Frankfurt School


Martin Jay


11. Revisiting Max Horkheimer's Early Critical Theory


John Abromeit


12. The Frankfurt School and the Assessment of Nazism


Udi Greenberg


13. The Frankfurt School and Antisemitism


Jack Jacobs


14. The Frankfurt School and the Experience of Exile


Thomas Wheatland


15. Critical Theory and the Unfinished Project of Mediating Theory and Practice


Robin Celikates


16. The Frankfurt School and the West German Student Movement


Hans Kundnani


Part III: Affinities and Contestations


17. Lukacs and the Frankfurt School


Titus Stahl


18. Nietzsche and the Frankfurt School


David Owen


19. Weber and the Frankfurt School


Dana Villa


20. Heidegger and the Frankfurt School


Cristina Lafont


21. Arendt and the Frankfurt School


Seyla Benhabib and Clara Picker


22. Marcuse and the Problem of Repression


Brian O'Connor


23. Critical Theory and Poststructuralism


Martin Saar


24. Habermas and Ordinary Language Philosophy


Espen Hammer


Part IV: Specifications


25. The Place of Mimesis in The Dialectic of Enlightenment


Owen Hulatt


26. Adorno and Literature


Iain Macdonald


27. Adorno, Music, and Philosopy


Max Paddison


28. Schelling and the Frankfurt School


Peter Dews


29. Critical Theory and Social Pathology


Fabian Freyenhagen


30. The Self and Individual Autonomy in the Frankfurt School


Kenneth Baynes


31. The Habermas-Rawls Debate


James Gordon Finlayson


Part V: Prospects


32. Idealism, Realism, and Critical Theory


Fred Rush


33. Critical Theory and the Environment


Arne Johan Vetlesen


34. Critical Theory and the Law


William E. Scheuerman


35. Critical Theory and Postcolonialism


James D. Ingram


36. Critical Theory and Religion


Peter E. Gordon


37. Critical Theory and Feminism


Amy Allen


38. Critique, Crisis, and the Elusive Tribunal


Judith Butler


39. Critique and Communication: Philosophy's Missions: A Conversation with Jurgen Habermas


Interviewed by Michael Foessel
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Review quote

"The continuing vitality and relevance of the `Frankfurt School' critical theory tradition, in its original form and now several generations later, is one of the most significant episodes in modern intellectual history. This superb, impressively comprehensive collection is a powerful demonstration of that vitality and relevance, and, in the explosion of interest in readers and companions over the last thirty years, it must count as one of the very few that are simply indispensable."


Robert B. Pippin, The University of Chicago, USA
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About Peter E. Gordon

Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University.


Espen Hammer is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University.


Axel Honneth is the Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University and the Director of the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main.
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