1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

Edited By Peter E. Gordon, Espen Hammer, Axel Honneth Copyright 2019
    596 Pages
    by Routledge

    596 Pages
    by Routledge

    The portentous terms and phrases associated with the first decades of the Frankfurt School – exile, the dominance of capitalism, fascism – seem as salient today as they were in the early twentieth century. The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School addresses the many early concerns of critical theory and brings those concerns into direct engagement with our shared world today. In this volume, a distinguished group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines revisits the philosophical and political contributions of Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse, Jürgen Habermas, Axel Honneth, and others. 

    Throughout, the Companion’s focus is on the major ideas that have made the Frankfurt School such a consequential and enduring movement. It offers a crucial resource for those who are trying to make sense of the global and cultural crisis that has now seized our contemporary world.

    Part I: Basic Concepts  1. The Idea of Instrumental Reason J.M. Bernstein  2. The Idea of the Culture Industry Juliane Rebentisch and Felix Trautmann  3. Psychoanalysis and Critical Theory Joel Whitebook  4. The Philosophy of History Martin Shuster  5. Discourse Ethics Maeve Cooke  6. The Theory of Recognition in the Frankfurt School Timo Jütten  7. History as Critique: Walter Benjamin Eli Friedlander  8. Topographies of Culture: Siegfried Kracauer Andreas Huyssen  9. History and Transcendence in Adorno’s Idea of Truth Lambert Zuidervaart  Part II: Historical Themes  10. Ungrounded: Horkheimer and the Founding of the Frankfurt School Martin Jay  11. Revisiting Max Horkheimer’s Early Critical Theory John Abromeit  12. The Frankfurt School and the Assessment of Nazism Udi Greenberg  13. The Frankfurt School and Antisemitism Jack Jacobs  14. The Frankfurt School and the Experience of Exile Thomas Wheatland  15. Critical Theory and the Unfinished Project of Mediating Theory and Practice Robin Celikates  16. The Frankfurt School and the West German Student Movement Hans Kundnani  Part III: Affinities and Contestations  17. Lukács and the Frankfurt School Titus Stahl  18. Nietzsche and the Frankfurt School David Owen  19. Weber and the Frankfurt School Dana Villa  20. Heidegger and the Frankfurt School Cristina Lafont  21. Arendt and the Frankfurt School Seyla Benhabib and Clara Picker  22. Marcuse and the Problem of Repression Brian O’Connor  23. Critical Theory and Poststructuralism Martin Saar  24. Habermas and Ordinary Language Philosophy Espen Hammer  Part IV: Specifications  25. The Place of Mimesis in The Dialectic of Enlightenment Owen Hulatt  26. Adorno and Literature Iain Macdonald  27. Adorno, Music and Philosophy Max Paddison  28. Schelling and the Frankfurt School Peter Dews  29. Critical Theory and Social Pathology Fabian Freyenhagen  30. The Self and Individual Autonomy in the Frankfurt School Kenneth Baynes  31. The Habermas–Rawls Debate James Gordon Finlayson  Part V: Prospects  32. Idealism, Realism, and Critical Theory Fred Rush  33. Critical Theory and the Environment Arne Johan Vetlesen 34. Critical Theory and the Law William E. Scheuerman  35. Critical Theory and Postcolonialism James D. Ingram  36. Critical Theory and Religion Peter E. Gordon  37. Critical Theory and Feminism Amy Allen  38. Critique, Crisis, and the Elusive Tribunal Judith Butler  39: Critique and Communication: Philosophy’s Missions: A Conversation with Jürgen Habermas Interviewed by Michaël Foessel



    Peter E. Gordon is the Amabel B. James Professor of History, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University. 

    Espen Hammer is Professor of Philosophy at Temple University.

    Axel Honneth is the Jack C. Weinstein Professor for the Humanities in the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University and the Director of the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt am Main.  

    "The continuing vitality and relevance of the ‘Frankfurt School’ critical theory tradition, in its original form and now several generations later, is one of the most significant episodes in modern intellectual history. This superb, impressively comprehensive collection is a powerful demonstration of that vitality and relevance, and, in the explosion of interest in readers and companions over the last thirty years, it must count as one of the very few that are simply indispensable."

    Robert B. Pippin, The University of Chicago, USA