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.

Axel Honneth and Critical Theory

Axel Honneth and Critical Theory

Axel Honneth and Critical Theory
Michael J. Thompson


The work of Axel Honneth has been seen by many as effecting a major shift in the tradition of critical theory. With its emphasis on recognition, a reflexive theory of democracy, and its defense of modernity as a mode of self-realization and social freedom, his ideas have become highly influential for those sympathetic to a post-Habermasian critical theory which has sought for an alternative foundation for normative philosophical questions. If Habermas and the Kantian-pragmatist program for critical theory that he initiated struck many critical theorists during the 1980s and 1990s as too epistemic and ideal-typical with respect to human rationality and social action, Honneth offers a more humane, ...

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