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The Routledge Companion to the Frankfurt School

ISBN 9781138333246
Published November 20, 2018 by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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 Philosopy

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


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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