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.

Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing

Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing

Leo Löwenthal: Last Man Standing
Christoph Hesse

His most unlikely name is probably his most enduring legacy. Skimming through the legendary history of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research, especially the years in American exile, one will quickly come across him. Leo Löwenthal – or Lowenthal, as he used to spell his name in English-language publications – was then Max Horkheimer’s closest associate (next to, of course, Friedrich Pollock, an intimate friend of yore with whom Horkheimer shared virtually all his thoughts and decisions). He officiated as the managing editor of the Institute’s journal Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung, and later, as it were, rather unwillingly, as the housekeeper of its remaining branch in New York when his colleagues ...

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