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Klaus Lichtblau & Naill Bond

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 73: Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology

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Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology
Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology
Klaus Lichtblau Naill Bond
Introduction

That Max Weber’s work would one day play an important role for the development of Critical Theory or for the Frankfurt School of Sociology was anything but a matter of course. And it was certainly not planned to from the outset. In his book, Geschichte und Klassenbewußtsein [History and Class Consciousness], published in 1923, Georg Lukács attempted to use Weber’s work for further developing a critical theory of society. He did so by trying to establish a clear close connection between Marxian analysis of commodities and Max Weber’s diagnosis of his age that bureaucratic rule was the fate of modern society. The reification [Verdinglichung] of ...

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