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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, intellectual acuteness and negative force of critical social theory, past and present.
Chapter 19: Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth
Oskar Negt and Alexander Kluge: From the Underestimated Subject to the Political Constitution of Commonwealth
Historical Context, Overview and Biographies
Already a celebrated filmmaker on account of his internationally acclaimed feature film Yesterday Girl (1966), writer, filmmaker and jurist Alexander Kluge first encountered Jürgen Habermas’s gifted assistant Oskar Negt from afar when in late May 1968 Negt, whose tutorial on Marx’s Parisian manuscripts later that year would draw between 700 and 800 activists, contributed to the Extra-Parliamentary Opposition’s transformation of Frankfurt’s Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University into the short-lived Karl Marx-University (Kluge, 2001: 12). As Negt tells it, a year later Kluge stood out among the many students ...