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.

Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm

Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm

Aesthetics and Its Critique: The Frankfurt Aesthetic Paradigm
Johan Hartle

Frankfurt School critical theory is almost as central to the history of modern aesthetics as aesthetics is to Frankfurt School critical theory: one cannot be thought without the other. On the one hand this means that Frankfurt School aestheticians are amongst the most important modern and contemporary aesthetic theorists. Hardly any modern thinker can compete with the influence and importance of the aesthetic theories of especially Adorno and Benjamin – not only in the academic discussion of aesthetics and art theory but also concerning their impact on players in the contemporary art field, including artists, curators, and critics.1 This situation is more peculiar than ...

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