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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, ...

Chapter 46: Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: From Critical Political Economy to the Critique of Political Economy

Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: From Critical Political Economy to the Critique of Political Economy
Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: From Critical Political Economy to the Critique of Political Economy
Patrick Murray

The story behind the title of this chapter concerns a sea change in critical theory from critical political economy to the critique of political economy. The title marks the distance from studies of the Frankfurt School and political economy, such as Giacomo Marramao’s ‘Political Economy and Critical Theory’, to a reconsideration of the Frankfurt School in relationship to ‘the new readings of Marx’ (die neue Marx-Lektüre).1 I will explore two features of the failure of critical theorists to grasp the Marxian critique of political ...

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