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Author Slater, Phil

Title Origin and significance of the Frankfurt School : a Marxist perspective / Phil Slater
Edition First paperback edition
Published London : Routledge, 2015


Description 1 online resource
Series International library of sociology ; vol. 48
International library of sociology ; v. 48
Contents Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Original Title Page -- Original Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- A note on translation -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter 1: The historical background of the Frankfurt School -- Section One: the pre-Horkheimer tradition of the Institute -- 1: The founding of the Institute -- 2: Grünberg's directorship -- 3: The Institute's work in the 1920s -- 4: The 'Grünberg Archive' -- 5: Horkheimer's appointment as Director of the Institute -- 6: The Institute's work under Horkheimer
Section Two: the Weimar Republic and the rise of fascism -- 1: Monopoly capitalism -- 2: The Weimar Republic and the German working class -- 3: Fascism and capitalism -- 4: The Third Reich and the German working class -- 5: The problem of manipulation -- Chapter 2: 'Critical theory of society': the historical materialist critique of ideology -- 1: The 'manifesto' of 1937 -- 2: The pre-'manifesto' formulation of 'critical theory of society' -- 3: Hegel's dialectics: 'critical theory' in philosophy -- 4: Hegel's idealism: 'traditional theory' in philosophy
5: The Marxian critique of political economy -- 6: Dialectical versus undialectical thought -- 7: The historical problematicity of the sublation of philosophy -- 8: The historical materialist truth is the whole -- 9: Ideology-critique and the Marxian critique of society -- 10: The problem of contemporary metaphysics -- 11: The critique of logical positivism -- 12: The dialectical critique of liberalism in the era of monopoly capitalism -- Chapter 3: The historical materialist theory-praxis nexus -- 1: Marx, Lenin and the Frankfurt School on class-consciousness and the party
2: Socialist construction and the dictatorship of the proletariat -- 3: The Frankfurt School and Stalinism -- 4: The break in the theory-praxis nexus -- 5: The Frankfurt School and Rosa Luxemburg -- 6: The Frankfurt School and the KP D -- 7: The Frankfurt School and Trotsky -- 8: The Frankfurt School and Brandlerism -- 9: The Frankfurt School and 'Council Communism' -- 10: The Frankfurt School and reformism -- 11: The Frankfurt School and left-wing Social Democracy -- 12: The practical-theoretical metacritique of the Frankfurt School -- 13: Alfred Sohn-Rethel
14: The degeneration of 'critical theory of society' in Horkheimer -- 15: The radicalisation of 'critical theory of society' in Marcuse -- 16: 'Critical theory of society' and the analysis of manipulation -- Chapter 4: Historical materialist psychology: the psychic dimension of manipulation and revolt -- 1: Fromm and the significance of depth-psychology -- 2: Freud versus Jung -- 3: Strengths and weaknesses of Freud's depth-psychology -- 4: The pitfall of the death-drive theory -- 5: The super-ego and psychic manipulation -- 6: The Frankfurt School and Wilhelm Reich
Summary The term 'Frankfurt School' is used widely, but sometimes loosely, to describe both a group of intellectuals and a specific social theory. Focusing on the formative and most radical years of the Frankfurt School, during the 1930s, this study concentrates on the Frankfurt School's most original contributions made to the work on a 'critical theory of society' by the philosophers Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, the psychologist Erich Fromm, and the aesthetician Theodor W. Adorno. Phil Slater traces the extent, and ultimate limits, of the Frankfurt School's professed relation to the Marxian critique of political economy. In considering the extent of the relation to revolutionary praxis, he discusses the socio-economic and political history of Weimar Germany in its descent into fascism, and considers the work of such people as Karl Korsch, Wilhelm Reich, Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht, which directs a great deal of critical light on the Frankfurt School. While pinpointing the ultimate limitations of the Frankfurt School's frame of reference, Phil Slater also looks at the role their work played (largely against their wishes) in the emergence of the student anti-authoritarian movement in the 1960s. He shows that, in particular, the analysis of psychic and cultural manipulation was central to the young rebels' theoretical armour, but that even here, the lack of economic class analysis seriously restricts the critical edge of the Frankfurt School's theory. His conclusion is that the only way forward is to rescue the most radical roots of the Frankfurt School's work, and to recast these in the context of a practical theory of economic and political emancipation
Notes "First published in 1977."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Phil Slater
Subject Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
SUBJECT Institut für Sozialforschung (Frankfurt am Main, Germany) fast
Subject Frankfurt school of sociology -- History
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- General.
Frankfurt school of sociology
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781000112825