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 Administered World1

The Administered World1

The Administered World
Hans-Ernst Schiller Lars Fischer

Horkheimer and Adorno first publicly introduced the term ‘administered world’ during a radio discussion with Eugen Kogon in 1950.2 The term became more widely known when it featured in the subtitle of Adorno’s collection Dissonanzen. Musik in der verwalteten Welt [Dissonances. Music in the Administered World], published in 1956. The notions associated with the term have deep roots in the previous evolution of critical theory. This concerns the theory of state capitalism developed by Friedrich Pollock and the concept of reason discussed especially in Horkheimer’s Eclipse of Reason but also in numerous essays written in the 1930s and 1940s. With his essay ‘Some Social Implications of Modern Technology’ of ...

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