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.

Totality and Technological Form

Totality and Technological Form

Totality and Technological Form
Samir Gandesha

Critical theory emerges in the early 1920s in response not just to the so-called ‘objective crisis’ of capitalist society but also to its ‘subjective crisis’ (Gandesha, 2014). Running parallel to other influential intellectual currents in the early twentieth century, most notably phenomenology (Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty) and existentialism (Schmitt, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir), Critical Theory understands such a subjective crisis in capitalism as a crisis of reason and experience. Like the former, Critical Theory, at its inception, was particularly concerned with the increasing pervasiveness of scientism and technology; like the latter it was concerned with ascertaining the conditions for the possibility of genuine ‘action’ or praxis as distinguished from naturalistic, unreflexive conceptions ...

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