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Hegel and the Frankfurt School
Traditions in Dialogue

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ISBN 9781138095007
December 23, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
344 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of original essays discusses the relationship between Hegel and the Frankfurt School tradition of critical theory. The book’s aim is to take stock of the complicated dialogue with Hegel in the critical theory tradition, especially as reflected in the work of Adorno, Horkheimer, Lukács, Marcuse, Habermas, and Honneth. The book is divided into the four sections. The first focuses on Adorno’s Negative Dialectics, historically considered the most contentious reception of Hegel by the Frankfurt School. The two essays here investigate Hegel and Adorno on modernity, as well as Hegelian and Critical Theoretic approaches to dialectics. The second section explores Ethical Life and Intersubjectivity, two common threads that run through the work of Hegel, Habermas, and Honneth. Part III delves into the principal social projects that bring the Frankfurt School into complicated dialogue with Hegel: emancipation and rationality. Finally, the last group of essays considers Hegel in relation to Critical Political Theory and presents a critical genealogy of economic institutions.

Table of Contents


Gordon Finlayson


Eduardo Mendieta


Paul Giladi

Part I: Dialectics and Antagonisms

1. The Antinomy of Modernism and Anti-Modernism in Adorno’s ‘Negative Dialectics’

Espen Hammer

2. Unsocial Society: Adorno, Hegel, and Social Antagonisms

Borhane Blili-Hamelin and Arvi Särkelä

Part II: Intersubjectivity and Ethical Life

3. Reactualizing Hegel’s ‘Philosophy of Right’: Honneth and Habermas

James Gledhill

4. Second Nature and the Critique of Ideology in Hegel and the Frankfurt School

Cat Moir

Part III: Logic and Emancipatory Power

5. Hegel’s Metaphysics and Social Philosophy: Two Readings

Charlotte Baumann

6. Hegel, Actuality, and the Power of Conceiving

Victoria I. Burke

Part IV: Social Freedom and Emancipation

7. The Dragon Seed Project: Dismantling the Master’s House with the Master’s Tools?

Paul Giladi

8. The Passionate Nature of Freedom: From Hegel to Dewey and Adorno; From This to Another Country

Federica Gregoratto

Part V: Political Theory and Political Economy

9. Critical Theory and / as Political Philosophy

Jean-Philippe Deranty

10. Hegelian Political Economy in the Frankfurt School: Friedrich Pollock

Christopher Yeomans & Jessica Seamands

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Paul Giladi is currently an honorary research fellow at the University of Sheffield. He has published articles in leading philosophical journals and edited collections on German idealism, pragmatism, and contemporary analytic philosophy. He is also the co-investigator of the Templeton-funded project "Idealism and the Philosophy of Mind" (2016–17), the co-editor of the 2017 special issue of Inquiry on Idealism and the Metaphilosophy of Mind, the co-editor of the 2017 special issue of Hegel Bulletin on Hegel and the Frankfurt School, the co-editor of the 2018 special issue of Hegel Bulletin on Hegel and 20th-Century French Philosophy, the co-editor of the 2018 special issue of European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy on Idealism and Pragmatism, the co-editor of the 2018 special issue of Feminist Philosophy Quarterly on Epistemic Injustice and Recognition Theory, and the editor of Responses to Naturalism: Critical Perspectives from Idealism and Pragmatism (Routledge, 2019).