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.

Commodity Form and the Form of Law

Commodity Form and the Form of Law

Commodity Form and the Form of Law
Andreas Harms Joseph Fracchia


The critical theory of the Frankfurt School contains a critique of right and law in capitalist societies. This critique was intermittently connected with Marxist theories of law and Marxist critiques of the law. Eugen Pashukanis’s General Theory of Law, which first appeared in Russian in 1924, was of particular importance for the development of a critical theory of law. This is true both for the beginnings of critical theory and also for the critical theory of the 1960s and 1970s. In his General Theory of Law, Pashukanis derives the form of bourgeois law from the commodity form. He sees the form ...

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