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Beverley Best, Werner Bonefeld & Chris O'Kane

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 1: Introduction: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society

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Introduction: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society
Introduction: Key Texts and Contributions to a Critical Theory of Society
Beverley Best Werner Bonefeld Chris O'Kane

The designation of the Frankfurt School as a ‘critical theory’ originated in the United States. It goes back to two articles, one written by Max Horkheimer and the other by Herbert Marcuse, that were both published in Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung (later Studies in Philosophy and Social Science) in 1937.1 The Zeitschrift, published from 1932 to 1941, was the publishing organ of the Institute for Social Research. It gave coherence to what in fact was an internally diverse and often disagreeing group of heterodox Marxists that hailed from a ...

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