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Because I am personally drawn toward epistemology, first generation Frankfurt School, Foucault and Deleuze, these posts will more than likely be weighted in a general direction that reflects these interests.
Marcuse and Critical Education
Founded in the Weimar Republic —33 , during the European interwar period —39 , the Frankfurt School comprised intellectuals, academics, and political dissidents dissatisfied with the contemporary socio-economic systems capitalist, fascist, communist of the s. The Frankfurt theorists proposed that social theory was inadequate for explaining the turbulent political factionalism and reactionary politics occurring in 20th century liberal capitalist societies. Critical of capitalism and of Marxism—Leninism as philosophically inflexible systems of social organization, the School's critical theory research indicated alternative paths to realizing the social development of a society and a nation. The Frankfurt School perspective of critical investigation open-ended and self-critical is based upon Freudian , Marxist and Hegelian premises of idealist philosophy. Like Karl Marx, the Frankfurt School concerned themselves with the conditions political, economic, societal that allow for social change realized by way of rational social institutions. Weil's doctoral dissertation dealt with the practical problems of implementing socialism. The success of the First Marxist Workweek prompted the formal establishment of a permanent institute for social research, and Weil negotiated with the Ministry of Education for a university professor to be director of the Institute for Social Research, thereby, formally ensuring that the Frankfurt School would be a university institution.
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The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Theory
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Eros and Revolution
Mikko Immanen provides a fascinating glimpse of the three future giants of twentieth-century social criticism when they were still looking for their philosophical voices. By reconstructing their overlooked debates with Heidegger and Heideggerians, Immanen argues that Adorno, Horkheimer, and Marcuse saw Heidegger's magnum opus, Being and Time , as a serious effort to make philosophy relevant for life again and as the most provocative challenge to their nascent materialist diagnoses of the discontents of European modernity. Adorno's meeting with Heidegger in is often mentioned. Yet our knowledge of his subsequent "Frankfurt discussion" with "Frankfurt Heideggerians" remains anecdotal, even though the most remarkable aspect of this discussion was Adorno's articulation, through an immanent critique of Being and Time , of a proto-version of Dialectic of Enlightenment 's idea of the entwinement of myth and reason.
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The Frankfurt School, known more appropriately as Critical Theory, is a philosophical and sociological movement spread across many universities around the world. The Institute was founded in thanks to a donation by Felix Weil with the aim of developing Marxist studies in Germany. The academic influence of the critical method is far reaching. Some of the key issues and philosophical preoccupations of the School involve the critique of modernity and capitalist society, the definition of social emancipation, as well as the detection of the pathologies of society. Critical Theory provides a specific interpretation of Marxist philosophy with regards to some of its central economic and political notions like commodification, reification, fetishization and critique of mass culture. With Habermas, the Frankfurt School turned global, influencing methodological approaches in other European academic contexts and disciplines.
It derives from German Philosophy of History, from which he appropriated the conviction that the history of humanity footnote 1 can be read as the result of a great project, drafted and executed by a single agency, mankind. The content of the project varies. Immanuel Kant thought it was a movement towards perpetual peace. Marx accepted both ends, but subordinated them to a larger goal he thought would guarantee them: the conquest of and reunion with nature, which was once so hostile that men had to separate themselves from it and wage a long technological war that reproduced itself in battles between and inside men.
In the s and the s he became known as the preeminent theorist of the New Left and the student movements of West Germany , France, and the United States; some consider him "the Father of the New Left". His Marxist scholarship inspired many radical intellectuals and political activists in the s and s, both in the United States and internationally. His family was Jewish. He then became a member of a Soldiers' Council that participated in the aborted socialist Spartacist uprising.