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.

Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism

Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism

Herbert Marcuse: Critical Theory as Radical Socialism
Charles Reitz

In Herbert Marcuse one encounters what was lacking in other members of the Frankfurt School: a critique of advanced industrial society (Wiggershaus, 1988: 676) and a vision of the most radical goals of socialism (Marcuse, 1972: 5). Marcuse is one of the most illustrious and radical thinkers of his time – the author of the highly acclaimed and influential volumes One-Dimensional Man (1964) and An Essay on Liberation (1969a). His life’s work offers much more that is brilliant, and constitutes his matchless contribution to the field of Frankfurt School critical theory.

Often characterized as the ‘philosopher of the student revolts’, his intellectual impact has been connected most ...

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