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Critical Theory

Stephen Eric Bronner

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199730070
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365777 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199730070.001.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

Critical Theory

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Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction explores the concepts and themes that distinguished critical theory from its more traditional philosophical competitors. Critical theory emerged in the 1920s from the work of the Frankfurt School, the circle of German–Jewish academics who sought to diagnose and cure the ills of society. Sketches of leading representatives of this critical tradition, such as George Lukács and Ernst Bloch, Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin, Herbert Marcuse and Jurgen Habermas, as well as many of its seminal texts and empirical investigations, are presented. Concepts such as method and agency, alienation and reification, the culture industry and repressive tolerance, non–identity and utopia are explained and discussed.

Keywords: Walter Benjamin; Ernst Bloch; consciousness; critical theory; Frankfurt School; Jürgen Habermas; Immanuel Kant; Herbert Marcuse; Friedrich Nietzsche; reification; society

Book.  144 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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The Frankfurt School in Critical Theory

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A matter of method in Critical Theory

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Alienation and reification in Critical Theory

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Enlightened illusions in Critical Theory

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The utopian laboratory in Critical Theory

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The happy consciousness in Critical Theory

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The great refusal in Critical Theory

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From resignation to renewal in Critical Theory

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