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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 44: Praxis, Nature, Labour
Praxis, Nature, Labour
The study of praxis holds the key to a critical and dialectical interpretation of Marxist theory. Nevertheless, at best, the vast majority of Marxist writing considers ‘praxis’ as secondary. At worst, like the Orthodox or Reformist interpretations of Marx’s work, the (critical and dialectical) implications of Marx’s theory of praxis are not understood at all, leading to often quite sterile discussions that are characterised by abstract idealism and mechanic materialism, simple objectivism and simple subjectivism, and, finally, the artificial separation between production and consumption as seemingly distinct spheres of social reproduction. Similarly, Althusserian structuralism fails to come to terms with the concept of praxis. Although it proposes a concept of ‘theoretical practice’, it is ...