Introduction to Critical Theory: Horkheimer to Habermas

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 26, 2013 - Philosophy - 520 pages
The writings of the Frankfurt school, in particular of Horkheimer, Adorno, Marcuse, and Jurgen Habermas, caught the imagination of the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970s and became a key element in the Marxism of the New Left.

Partly due to their rise to prominence during the political turmoil of the 1960s, the work of these critical theorists has been the subject of continuing controversy in both political and academic circles. However, their ideas are frequently misunderstood.

In this major work, now available from Polity Press, David Held presents a much-needed introduction to, and evaluation of, critical theory. Some of the major themes he considers are critical theory's relation to Marx's critique of political economy, Freudian psychoanalysis, aesthetics and the philosophy of history. There is also an extended discussion of critical theory's substantive contribution to the analysis of capitalism, culture, the family, the individual, as well as its contribution to epistemology and methodology.
 

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I believe there's a 1990 edition where, presumably, Held takes account of the relations between poststructuralism (and its iterations) and critical theory. But I'd say that this edition (1980) may be ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
11
Note about translation
12
Introduction
13
The Frankfurt School
27
1 The formation of the Institute of Social Research
29
critical theory and political economy
40
critical theory and aesthetics
77
critical theory and psychoanalysis
110
9 Introduction to Habermas
249
10 Discourse science and society
260
11 Interests knowledge and action
296
12 The reformulation of the foundations of critical theory
330
Part Three The Importance and Limitations of Critical Theory
351
13 An assessment of the Frankfurt school and Habermas
353
14 The concept of critical theory
379
Appendix The Odyssey
401

critical theory and philosophy of history
148
epistemology and method 1
175
epistemology and method 2
200
epistemology and method 3
223
Habermas
247
Notes and references
409
Select bibliography
483
Index
501
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David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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