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Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory
Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory
Inara Luisa Marin

This chapter analyzes the relationship between Critical Theory and psychoanalysis. Critical Theory has two fundamental principles: the orientation toward emancipation and the critique of ‘traditional theory’. Both of them provide not only for a diagnosis of society’s historical circumstances [Zeitdiagnose], but also allow us to distinguish between identifiable emancipation potentials in capitalist societies and the obstacles which block these potentials.

Since its inception in 1923, the goal of the Institute for Social Research [Institut für Sozialforschung] was to broaden discussion among Marxist thinkers beyond both established disciplinary divisions and dogmatic postures of official Marxist doctrines at that time.1 The attempt at interdisciplinarity included the integration of psychoanalysis into critical social theory ...

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