- 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, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 91: Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature
Environmentalism and the Domination of Nature
Domination over nature has been a persistent theme in Frankfurt School Critical Theory. The work of scholars, such as Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and Alfred Schmidt, among others, are key in recognizing the way that capitalism has led to unparalleled domination over nature. In Dialectic of Enlightenment, Horkheimer and Adorno assert that domination over and estrangement from nature is a central component of enlightenment. Horkheimer and Adorno situate domination over nature in social mediation, specifically that the logic of equivalence generated by the dominance of the commodity form, mediates and determines the human relationship to nature. In The Concept of Nature in Marx, Alfred Schmidt revitalizes Karl Marx’s ...