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.

Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology

Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology

Critical Theory and Weberian Sociology
Klaus Lichtblau Naill Bond


That Max Weber’s work would one day play an important role for the development of Critical Theory or for the Frankfurt School of Sociology was anything but a matter of course. And it was certainly not planned to from the outset. In his book, Geschichte und Klassenbewußtsein [History and Class Consciousness], published in 1923, Georg Lukács attempted to use Weber’s work for further developing a critical theory of society. He did so by trying to establish a clear close connection between Marxian analysis of commodities and Max Weber’s diagnosis of his age that bureaucratic rule was the fate of modern society. The reification [Verdinglichung] of ...

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