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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.

On Emancipation…
On Emancipation…
Sergio Tischler Visquerra Alfonso García Galileo Vela Anna-Maeve Holloway
Introduction

Emancipation is at the centre of critical theory. Marx rejected the idea of human emancipation as political emancipation, that is, as a process that takes place solely through the state or civil society. He considered emancipation through the state to be an abstract liberation of the selfish individual inscribed in bourgeois society. From his early writings – such as the 1844 Manuscripts – to Capital, the idea of human emancipation is much more radical than that of political emancipation, which in fact belongs to the concept of bourgeois society.

According to Marx, human emancipation is based on the liberation of not just ...

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