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Sergio Tischler Visquerra, Alfonso García Galileo Vela & Anna-Maeve Holloway

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

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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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