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.

Humanism and Anthropology from Walter Benjamin to Ulrich Sonnemann

Humanism and Anthropology from Walter Benjamin to Ulrich Sonnemann

Humanism and Anthropology from Walter Benjamin to Ulrich Sonnemann
Dennis Johannßen


Over the course of the twentieth century, the notions of humanism and anthropology became increasingly problematic. From Walter Benjamin to Ulrich Sonnemann, the writers and philosophers associated with the Institute for Social Research accompanied this process in a distinctly critical fashion, yet with significantly different emphases. Between the mid 1910s and the late 1960s, they formulated a critical theory of society and culture that rejected the idea of an invariant human nature. At the same time, they studied the restrictions and limitations that repressive and antagonistic societies impose on the human being. Engaging with various philosophical currents from transcendental philosophy to Marxism, ...

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