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Marcel Stoetzler

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 9: Dialectic of Enlightenment. Philosophical Fragments

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Dialectic of Enlightenment. Philosophical Fragments
Dialectic of Enlightenment. Philosophical Fragments
Marcel Stoetzler

The secondary literature on Dialectic of Enlightenment is vast but most contributions focus on one isolated aspect or chapter of the book. Much of it is meta-theoretical and often sidesteps detailed textual analysis. There is a general tendency to overstate the extent to which Dialectic of Enlightenment constitutes a turning point in Critical Theory. Schmid Noerr, one of the most authoritative commentators in the German-language literature, asserts that in his writings from the 1930s Horkheimer had seemed more optimistic about the possibility that Critical Theory could be articulated with critical empirical scholarship as well as radical political action than Dialectic of Enlightenment suggests (Schmid Noerr, 1987: 437). He also points ...

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