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Critical Theory

Four Volume Set
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December 2003 | 1 588 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The critical theory of the Frankfurt School continues to be an important influence on many disciplines, ranging from philosophy and social theory to cultural studies and art history. David Rasmussen has collected key classical texts that provide introductions, overviews, and critical interrogations of dominant theorists and positions of the Frankfurt School.

This is a valuable resource that students of contemporary theory should find of use and import'

Professor Doug Kellner

George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair, Social Sciences and Comparative Education, UCLA

This is a major assessment of the Frankfurt School and of Critical Theory. Volume I looks at the origins of the School in the 1920's through to the 1940's focussing on the key themes - the critique of German idealism, reading of Marx, use of the dialectical methods - and the key thinkers - Horkheimer, Benjamin, Adorno, and Marcuse. In Volume II, the ideas of "critique", of reason, and of rationality are examined - this includes work on the early Frankfurt School as well as issues like society and technology. The focus of Volume III is the literature on subjectivity, ethics, and politics - reviewing socialisation and solidarity; situatedness; morality; and the public sphere. The final volume looks at the future of Critical Theory - the role of social criticism, the relation to postmodernism, to psychology, to aesthetics, feminism and the family, and to religion.

Rich, textured, and systematic - this is a completely up-to-date overview of Critical Theory which will be the standard reference for libraries and scholars of Social Theory

 
VOLUME ONE: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
David Rasmussen and James Swindal
Editors' Introduction
 
PART ONE: GENERAL HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
Rolf Wiggershaus
Introduction to The Frankfurt School
David Held
Introduction to Critical Theory
Tom Bottomore
Conclusion to The Frankfurt School
03S A Critical Assessment of the CriticsRolf Wiggershaus
The Frankfurt School's `Nietzschean Moment'
Helmut Dubiel
Domination or Emancipation? The Debate over the Heritage of Critical Theory
 
PART TWO: HORKHEIMER
John McCole, Seyla Benhabib, and Wolfgang Bonss
Max Horkheimer
Between Philosophy and Social Science  
Axel Honneth
Max Horkheimer and the Sociological Deficit of Critical Theory
Seyla Benhabib
The Critique of Instrumental Reason
 
PART THREE: ADORNO
Lambert Zuidervaart
Historical Positions
Edward W Said
Adorno as Lateness Itself
Russell Berman
Adorno's Politics
Lambert Zuidervaart
Autonomy, Negativity and Illusory Transgression
Menke's Deconstruction of Adorno's Aesthetics  
R[um]udiger Bubner
Concerning the Central Idea of Adorno's Philosophy
 
PART FOUR: BENJAMIN
Hannah Arendt
Walter Benjamin
1892-1940  
Howard Caygill
The Programme of the Coming Philosophy
Rolf Tiedemann
Dialectics at a Standstill
Approaches to the Passagen-Werk  
Irving Wohlfarth
No-man's-land
On Walter Benjamin's `Destructive Character'  
Max Pensky
Introduction in Melancholy Dialectics
Gertrud Koch
Cosmos in Film
On the Concept of Space in Walter Benjamin's `Work of Art' Essay  
 
PART FIVE: MARCUSE
Douglas Kellner
Herbert Marcuse's Reconstruction of Marxism
Andrew Feenberg
The Bias of Technology
Douglas Kellner
Marcuse and the Quest for Radical Subjectivity
 
VOLUME TWO: THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS
 
PART ONE: PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES
David M Rasmussen
Critical Theory and Philosophy
Thomas McCarthy
The Idea of a Critical Theory and its Relation to Philosophy
R[um]udiger Bubner
Habermas's Concept of Critical Theory
 
PART TWO: REASON AND RATIONALITY
Hauke Brunkhorst
The Enlightenment of Rationality
Remarks on Horkheimer and Adorno's Dialectic of Enlightenment  
Richard J Bernstein
The Rage Against Reason
Karl-Otto Apel
The Rationality in Human Communication
On the Relationship Between Consensual, Strategic, and Systems Rationality  
Kenneth Baynes
Practical Reason, the `Space of Reasons' and Public Reason
 
PART THREE: CRITIQUE AND METHODOLOGY
Hauke Brunkhorst
Critical Theory and Empirical Research
Hauke Brunkhorst
Paradigm-Core and Theory-Dynamics in Critical Social Theory
People and Programs  
Axel Honneth
The Possibility of a Disclosing Critique of Society
The Dialectic of Enlightenment in the Light of Current Debates in Social Criticism  
Yvonne Sheratt
Instrumental Reason's Unreason
Axel Honneth
Two Competing Models of the History of the Species
Understaning as the Paradigm of the Social  
Andrew Feenberg
The Technocracy Thesis Revisited
On The Critique of Power  
 
PART FOUR: THEORETICAL ISSUES
Joseph Heath
Transcendental Pragmatics
Martin Jay
The Debate over Performative Contradiction
Habermans versus the Poststructuralists  
Karl-Otto Apel
Normatively Grounding `Critical Theory' through Recourse to Lifeworld? A Transcendental-Pragmatic Attempt to Think with Habermas Against Habermas
Karl-Otto Apel
The Hermeneutic Dimension of Social Science and its Normative Foundation
Richard J Bernstein
Structuration as Critical Theory
Matthias Kettner
Karl Otto Apel's Contribution to Critical Theory
 
VOLUME THREE: SUBJECTIVITY, ETHICS AND POLITICS
 
PART ONE: CRITICAL THEORY AND THE SELF
Maeve Cooke
Selfhood and Solidarity
David Rasmussen
Rethinking Subjectivity
Narrative Identity and the Self  
Rainer Forst
Situations of the Self
Reflections on Seyla Benhabib's Version of Critical Theory  
Cristina Lafont
Is Objectivity Perspectival? Relfections on Brandom's and Habermas's Pragmatist Conceptions of Objectivity
Martin Jay
Is Experience Still in Crisis? Reflections on a Frankfurt School Lament
 
PART TWO: ETHICS
Alessandro Ferrara
Authenticity as a Normative Category
Christoph Menke
Critique and Self-Reflection
The Problematization of Morality  
Matthew Sharpe
Do Universals have a Reference? On the Critical Theory of Herbert Marcuse
David Ingram
The Limits and Possibilities of Communicative Ethics for Democratic Theory
 
PART THREE: POLITICS, CULTURE, ECONOMICS AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Frank L Michelmann
Morality, Identity and `Constitutional Patriotism'
James Bohman
Critical Theory and Democracy
Hauke Brunkhorst
Culture and Bourgeois Society
The Unity of Reason in a Divided Society  
Andrew Buchwalter
Structure or Sentiment? Habermas, Hegel and the Conditions of Solidarity
Max Pensky
Cosmopolitanism and the Solidarity Problem
Habermas on National and Cultural Identities  
Jodi Dean
Civil Society in the Information Age
Beyond the Public Sphere  
Wilhelm van Reijen
Thesen der Kritischen Theorie
Moishe Postone and Barbara Brick
Critical Pessimism and the Limits of Traditional Marxism
 
VOLUME FOUR: THE FUTURE OF CRITICAL THEORY
 
PART ONE: GENERAL PERSPECTIVES
Axel Honneth
Critical Theory in Germany Today
Axel Honneth
The Social Dynamics of Disrespect
On the Location of Critical Theory Today  
Lorraine Y Landry
Beyond the `French Fries and the Frankfurter'
An Agenda for Critical Theory  
 
PART TWO: CRITICAL THEORY AND SOCIAL CRITICISM
Joseph Heath
Problems in the Theory of Ideology
Michael Rosen
On Voluntary Servitude and the Theory of Ideology
Peter B[ac]urger
Walter Benjamin's `Redemptive Critique'
Some Preliminary Reflections on the Project of a Critical Hermeneutics  
Enrique Dussel
The Architectonic of the Ethics of Liberation
On Material Ethics and Formal Moralities  
Rainer Forst
Towards a Critical Theory of Transnational Justice
 
PART THREE: CRITICAL THEORY AND POSTMODERNISM
Richard Bernstein
An Allegory of Modernity/Postmodernity
Habermas and Derrida  
Ben Agger
Marcuse in Postmodernity
Thomas McCarthy
The Critique of Impure Reason
Foucault and the Frankfurt School  
 
PART FOUR: CRITICAL THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGY
Joel Whitebook
Fantasy and Critique
Some Thoughts on Freud and the Frankfurt School  
Michael Rosen
The Forms of False Consciousness
 
PART FIVE: CRITICAL THEORY AND AESTHETICS
Martin Jay
Mimesis and Mimetology
Adorno and Lacoue-Labarthe  
Richard Wolin
Benjamin, Adorno, Surrealism
Martin Seel
The Career of Aesthetics in German Thinking
 
PART SIX: CRITICAL THEORY, FEMINISM, AND THE FAMILY
Axel Honneth
Zwischen Gerechtigkeit und affektiver Bindung
Die Familie im Brennpunkt moralischer Kontroversen  
Johanna Meehan
Autonomy, Recognition and Respect
Habermas, Benjamin and Honneth  
Christopher F Zurn
The Normative Claims of Three Types of Feminist Struggles for Recognition
 
PART SEVEN: CRITICAL THEORY AND RELIGION
Rudolf J Siebert
The Critical Theory of Religion
Helmut Peukert
Enlightenment and Theology as Unfinished Projects

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