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Marx, Marxism, Critical Theory
Marx, Marxism, Critical Theory
Jan Hoff

In contemporary ‘Critical Theory’, Theodor is often seen as a ‘cultural critic’ or a ‘music theorist’, whereas Max is reduced to ‘having played the second fiddle’. This became especially clear during the ‘Adorno year’, 2003, when commentators in the (German) mainstream media wrote long articles about Adorno, which by and large ignored the relation of critical theory to Marxism. In distinction, this chapter elaborates the character of this relationship. It argues that at its foundation critical theory developed as a heterodox alternative to the positivist turn in Marxian thought.

This chapter is divided into seven sections. We first take a brief look at traditional Marxism, because this provides the historical background of critical ...

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