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.

On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique

On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique

On Ideology, Aesthetics, and Critique
Owen Hulatt


This essay examines the connection between art, ideology, and pathologies of reason. And this in itself requires justification – why think that there is a connection between such radically disparate domains? For critical theory, of course, these domains are not simply connected, but deeply interrelated in such a way that they mutually determine one another. Indeed, for one significant strand of critical theory the artwork is a means of criticizing ideology, and for revealing deep-seated misdevelopments and pathologies in our form of reason and society. Much ink has been spilled on the specific claims which have been advanced regarding these interconnections and artwork-based critiques, with special reference to the work ...

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