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Chapter 18: Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature

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Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature
Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature
Hermann Kocyba Jacob Blumenfeld

From the early 1960s onwards, Alfred Schmidt (May 19, 1931, Berlin – August 28, 2012, Frankfurt am Main) provided a decisive impulse for the critical reappropriation of Marx’s theory and the further development of critical theory in West Germany and beyond. His work on the philosophical-historical presuppositions of the critical theory of Horkheimer, Adorno and Marcuse, and his confrontation with French structuralism, especially the Althusser school, attracted attention even beyond academic philosophical debates. In addition, Schmidt focused on the history of philosophical materialism, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, Goethe’s philosophy of nature, Sigmund Freud’s philosophy and – in light of ...

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