Critical Theory, Politics and Society: An Introduction Peter M.R. Stirk

ISBN: 9781855675582

Published: January 1st 2000

Hardcover

288 pages


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Critical Theory, Politics and Society: An Introduction  by  Peter M.R. Stirk

Critical Theory, Politics and Society: An Introduction by Peter M.R. Stirk
January 1st 2000 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 288 pages | ISBN: 9781855675582 | 6.51 Mb

An introduction to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, providing an assessment of thinkers such as Pollock, Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Neumann, Lowenthal, Fromm, Kirchheimer and Habermas, and the political and intellectual context in whichMoreAn introduction to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, providing an assessment of thinkers such as Pollock, Marcuse, Horkheimer, Adorno, Neumann, Lowenthal, Fromm, Kirchheimer and Habermas, and the political and intellectual context in which they worked.

The account considers the political context of the formative work of the School against the background of the Weimar Republic and of Nazi Germany. It contrasts this with the very different background of 1950s Germany in which Habermas embarked on his academic career, and goes on to discuss the enduring relevance of critical theory to the contemporary political agenda.

In particular, Stirk illustrates the continuing validity of the Frankfurt Schools criticism of positivist, metaphysical, and, more recently, postmodernist views, and its members attempts to incorporate psychological perspectives into broader theories of social dynamics. He assesses the Schools contribution to key areas of contemporary debate including morality, interest, individual and collective identity and the analysis of authoritarian and democratic states.



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