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John Abromeit

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 2: Max Horkheimer and the Early Model of Critical Theory

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Max Horkheimer and the Early Model of Critical Theory
Max Horkheimer and the Early Model of Critical Theory
John Abromeit
Overview of Horkheimer’s Life and Thought1

Max Horkheimer was born in 1895 near Stuttgart, Germany. His parents were members of the local Jewish community, which had grown steadily during the course of the nineteenth century and had succeeded in becoming an integral part of the city’s economic, political and cultural life. During the economic boom in Wilhelmine Germany, Horkheimer’s father established himself as a successful textile manufacturer. He tried to prepare his only son to take over his factory one day, but Horkheimer was determined from an early age to follow his own path. In 1911, Horkheimer met Friedrich Pollock, whose father was ...

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