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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, ...

Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice
Otto Kirchheimer: Capitalist State, Political Parties and Political Justice
Frank Schale Lisa Klingsporn Hubertus Buchstein
Biographical Sketch

Otto Kirchheimer worked at the exiled Frankfurt Institute of Social Research in Paris and New York between 1934 and 1943. This was a crucial period of time for Kirchheimer, as well as for the Frankfurt School in general.1 John H. Herz and Erich Hula have rightly stated that Otto Kirchheimer ‘was no systematic thinker’ (Herz and Hula, 1969: ix). The wide intellectual range of his work does not rest on an overarching theoretical basis. Kirchheimer’s focus was rather on current political problems. Nevertheless, the originality of his Weimar writings, his contributions ...

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