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Jordi Maiso

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 20: Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle

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Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle
Hans-Jürgen Krahl: Social Constitution and Class Struggle
Jordi Maiso

Hans-Jürgen Krahl (1943–70) has fallen into oblivion. If he is ever mentioned, it is usually as the rebellious student of Theodor W. Adorno who turned against his teacher during the student demonstrations of the late 1960s, and in so doing, revealed a supposed rupture between critical theory and emancipatory praxis. The tipping point of the conflict was the occupation of the Institut für Sozialforschung in January 1969, led by Krahl, which eventually caused Adorno to call the police.1 It is said that Adorno asked for a can of spray paint during the occupation, as he also wanted to write graffiti that read: ‘This Krahl is inhabited ...

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