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Christos Memos

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 80: Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept

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Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept
Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept
Christos Memos

Revolutionary transformation has a tradition that must continue. (Horkheimer, 2007: 104)

Dialectics opens concepts. It focuses on social contents and does so by moving within their social forms. It is tasked with subverting the economic categories by revealing their social basis. (Bonefeld, 2014: 68)

Introduction

‘Every age’, according to Walter Benjamin, ‘must strive anew to wrest tradition away from the conformism that is working to overpower it’ (1969: 255). In this astute observation, Benjamin opposes any kind of falsification and forgetting of the struggles against exploitation and repression. He emphasizes the dangers of dogmatism, orthodoxy and conformism that, have ...

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