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Alexander Neupert-Doppler, Niall Bond & Werner Bonefeld

In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 49: Society and Political Form

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Society and Political Form
Society and Political Form
Alexander Neupert-Doppler Niall Bond Werner Bonefeld
Introduction

‘We know only a single science, the science of history’ (Marx and Engels, 1975: 28). This sentence defines the programme of the Frankfurt School’s critical theory. Society, its object, is mainly conceived of as historical and mutable. The question of what the social conditions of capitalism are – and how to conceive of surpassing them – is equally of concern to critical theories of the State. With their point of departure in Marxist thought, two prevailing theoretical currents were formed during the twentieth century. On the one hand, Lenin’s theory of the class state opposes the capitalists’ and the revolutionaries’ States. On ...

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