- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory expounds the development of critical theory from its founding thinkers to its contemporary formulations in an interdisciplinary setting. It maps the terrain of a critical social theory, expounding its distinctive character vis-a-vis alternative theoretical perspectives, exploring its theoretical foundations and developments, conceptualising its subject matters both past and present, and signalling its possible future in a time of great uncertainty. Taking a distinctively theoretical, interdisciplinary, international and contemporary perspective on the topic, this wide-ranging collection of chapters is arranged thematically over three volumes: Volume I: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society Volume II: Themes Volume III: Contexts This Handbook is essential reading for scholars and students in the field, showcasing the scholarly rigor, ...
Chapter 80: Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept
Open Marxism and Critical Theory: Negative Critique and Class as Critical Concept
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)
‘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 ...