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.

Neoliberalism: Critical Theory as Natural-History1

Neoliberalism: Critical Theory as Natural-History1

Neoliberalism: Critical Theory as Natural-History
Charles Prusik

In his ‘Reflections on Class Theory’, Theodor Adorno argues that only in ‘its blind anonymity could the economy appear as fate’ (Adorno, 2003: 110). Economics is the science of the abstract laws that govern society. Throughout the history of classical political economy, and extending beyond throughout the many traditions of economic thought, the ‘economy’ has been analyzed from the standpoint of natural necessity – often in abstraction from its social and historical content. Following Marx’s immanent critique of classical political economy, Adorno’s materialism does not posit an alternative economic theory of society, but rather negates the form of capitalist relations in their naturalized appearance. His Negative Dialectics (1966) is not ...

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