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Critical Theory and Frankfurt Theorists

Lectures-Correspondence-Conversations, 1st Edition

Edited by Leo Lowenthal


300 pages

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The core of this volume is its presentation of Lowenthal's sixty-year-long intellectual career as a critical theorist and sociologist. The book includes some of his speeches on Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin and presents excerpts from conversations on his life as a scholar and teacher, as managing editor of the Institute for Social Research's famous journal, as government servant during and immediately after the war, and as observer and critic of contemporary culture and politics. Together these selections present an intriguing biographical panorama of a major intellectual figure.

Table of Contents


Part I German Jewish Intellectual Culture: Essays from the 1920s


1 Moses Mendelssohn
2 Salomon Maimon
3 Heinrich Heine
4 Ferdinand Lassalle and Karl Marx
5 Hermann Cohen
6 Sigmund Freud

Part II Lectures (1978–1983)

7 Adorno and his Critics (1978)
8 Recollections of Theodor W. Adorno (1983)
9 Walter Benjamin: The Integrity of the Intellectual (1982)
10 Goethe and False Subjectivity (1982)
11 Caliban's Legacy (1983)
12 Sociology of Literature in Retrospect (1981)

Part III Correspondence

13 Correspondence of Leo Lowenthal with
Theodor W. Adorno
14 Correspondence of Leo Lowenthal with
Max Horkheimer

Part IV Conversations

15 Scholarly Biography: A Conversation with
Helmut Dubiel, 1979
16 "We Never Expected Such Fame":
A Conversation with Mathias Greffrath, 1979

Helmut Dubiel

Name Index

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General