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Oliver Schlaudt

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 72: Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: Diverging Cultures of Reflexivity

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Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: Diverging Cultures of Reflexivity
Critical Theory and the Sociology of Knowledge: Diverging Cultures of Reflexivity
Oliver Schlaudt
Introduction

Sociology of knowledge has been an important point of reference for critical theory. The prominent place Max Horkheimer granted to it in his seminal paper ‘Traditional and Critical Theory’ (1937) illustrates this well. While Horkheimer puts much effort into analyzing ‘traditional theory’, and into providing an accurate description of it, his treatment of ‘critical theory’ is completely different: he offers neither a definition of critical theory nor a guide on how to think critically. Instead he introduces critical theory mainly by discussing examples and counter-examples. The Critique of Political Economy and the sociology of knowledge are Horkheimer’s (1937: ...

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