The Frankfurt School: Its History, Theories, and Political by Rolf Wiggershaus

By Rolf Wiggershaus

This can be the definitive research of the historical past and accomplishments of the Frankfurt tuition. It deals elegantly written graphics of the most important figures within the school's historical past in addition to overviews of many of the positions and instructions they built from the founding years simply after global battle I until eventually the dying of Theodor Adorno in 1969.The booklet relies on documentary and biographical fabrics that experience only in the near past develop into to be had. because the narrative follows the Institute for Social examine from Frankfurt am major to Geneva, long island, and la, after which again to Frankfurt, Wiggershaus consistently ties the evolution of the varsity to the altering highbrow and political contexts within which it operated. He additionally interweaves those bills with incisive summaries of major works by way of Horkheimer, Adorno, Benjamin, Fromm, Kirchheimer, Lowenthal, Marcuse, Neumann, Pollock, and Habermas.The e-book is self-contained and will function a basic advent to serious concept, however it additionally has a wealth of latest fabric to supply people who are acquainted with this custom yet wish to research extra approximately its background and context.Studies in modern German Social notion

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Html[22/05/2009 11:40:11] page_26 next page > page_27 < previous page page_27 next page > Page 27 materialism from metaphysical materialism and presented it as a teleological variant of the later Historical School's view of history. To this he added an argument for pluralism: Up till now Marxism, as an economic and sociological system, has been to a great extent neglected at German universities, in considerable contrast with those of other countriesindeed, in practice, it has been reluctantly tolerated at best.

It sprang, too, from his belonging to an academic subjectarea in which there had for decades been considerable scope for the discussion of social-reformist and socialist views. There had been socialist academics since the middle of the nineteenth century, even though they had had to struggle for recognition. However, a decisive threshold was crossed when someone began to present socialist systems and demands not as academic theories to be discussed among the learned, but as doctrines and programmes directed at the `lower classes'.

45 Business at the publishing house continued practically unhindered, however, since the Ministry of Culture turned a blind eye to it. The Society for Social Research withdrew its application to affiliate the publishing house, and announced that the latter would be accommodated outside the Institute. When it was later discovered that the Marx-Engels Archive Publishers had been set up inside the Institute after all, the protests were only weak, as the genuinely academic character of the publishing venture had become apparent.

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