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.

Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature

Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature

Alfred Schmidt: On the Critique of Social Nature
Hermann Kocyba Jacob Blumenfeld

From the early 1960s onwards, Alfred Schmidt (May 19, 1931, Berlin – August 28, 2012, Frankfurt am Main) provided a decisive impulse for the critical reappropriation of Marx’s theory and the further development of critical theory in West Germany and beyond. His work on the philosophical-historical presuppositions of the critical theory of Horkheimer, Adorno and Marcuse, and his confrontation with French structuralism, especially the Althusser school, attracted attention even beyond academic philosophical debates. In addition, Schmidt focused on the history of philosophical materialism, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, Goethe’s philosophy of nature, Sigmund Freud’s philosophy and – in light of ...

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