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Chapter 16: Arkadij Gurland: Political Science as Critical Theory
Arkadij Gurland: Political Science as Critical Theory
Arkadij Gurland 1 worked at Max Horkheimer’s Institute of Social Research (ISR) from 1940 to 1945 and had previously contributed to the review sections of its journal Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung. During his years at the ISR, he became an important voice in the controversy within the Frankfurt School group about state capitalism.2 But Gurland’s understanding of critical theory was not focused on the ISR. Before his years with the Frankfurt School in exile, as a translator and political journalist he followed his own independent ideas about Marxist political and social criticism. After he left the ISR, he developed a unique program for a critical political ...