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.

The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society

The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society

The Critique of Value and the Crisis of Capitalist Society
Josh Robinson

The Critique of Value

The critique of value, or Wertkritik, presents a radical and thoroughgoing critique of categories of bourgeois society and particularly of the extent to which both our actions and our thoughts are unavoidably saturated with these categories – categories which as real abstractions take on a socially objective character. This critique concentrates its critical force against the closely related tendency to treat as universal, timeless and natural givens what are in fact specifically capitalist concepts that not only develop as a result of (and thus bear the imprint of) a history of coercion and violence, but also silently ...

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