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Pedro Rocha de Oliveira

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 29: Aborted and/or Completed Modernization: Introducing Paulo Arantes

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Aborted and/or Completed Modernization: Introducing Paulo Arantes
Aborted and/or Completed Modernization: Introducing Paulo Arantes
Pedro Rocha de Oliveira

Brazilian philosopher Paulo Arantes was born in 1942. He belongs to a generation of Brazilians who became intellectualized and politicized in the vibrant, turbulent years preceding the 1964 military coup. Despite sometimes defining himself as a ‘vulgar materialist’, his work was mainly influenced by Roberto Schwarz. György Lukács, Theodor Adorno, Jean-Paul Sartre, Herbert Marcuse and Hannah Arendt – but also Francis Fukuyama, Jürgen Habermas, Fernand Braudel and Carl Schmitt – are all names appearing regularly in Arantes’ writings which often take the form of critical analyses of varied but simultaneously contrasting authors and works. Yet, Arantes is only superficially concerned with defending his ...

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