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In: The SAGE Handbook of Frankfurt School Critical Theory

Chapter 59: Erziehung: The Critical Theory of Education and Counter-Education

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Erziehung: The Critical Theory of Education and Counter-Education
Erziehung: The Critical Theory of Education and Counter-Education
Matthew Charles

The main texts associated with the foundation of the Frankfurt School (Adorno, 1977; Fromm, 2014: 165–201; Horkheimer, 1993; Horkheimer, 2002: 188–243; Marcuse, 2009) develop a distinction between ‘traditional’ and ‘critical’ theory via a conception of research that seeks to transform the established understanding of modern scholarly activity, the relationships between academic disciplines and their associated methodologies, and between academic knowledge and contemporary society. In this sense, critical theory originates as a critique of theory, in the sense of the activity of scholarship and research that informs and, with respect to higher education, is considered integral to, modern systems of education.

Central to Max Horkheimer’s (2002a: 190–1) ...

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