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Max Horkheimer and the foundations of the Frankfurt School

Author: John Abromeit
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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"This book provides an intellectual biography of Max Horkheimer during the early and middle phases of his life and analyzes his model of early Critical Theory"--
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Named Person: Max Horkheimer; Max Horkheimer; Max Horkheimer; Horkheimer.; Kritische Theorie.; Max Horkheimer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Abromeit
ISBN: 9781107006959 1107006953
OCLC Number: 671541130
Description: xiii, 441 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Coming of age in Wilhelmine Germany --
2. Student years in Frankfurt --
3. A materialist interpretation of the history of modern philosophy --
4. The beginnings of a critical theory of contemporary society --
5. Horkheimer's integration of psychoanalysis into his theory of contemporary society --
6. Horkheimer's concept of materialism in the early 1930s --
7. The anthropology of the bourgeois epoch --
8. Reflections on dialectical logic in the mid-1930s --
Excursus I. The theoretical foundations of Horkheimer's split with Erich Fromm in the late 1930s: Fromm's critique of Freud's drive theory --
Excursus II. Divergence, estrangement, and gradual rapprochement: the evolution of Horkheimer and Adorno's theoretical relationship in the 1930s --
9. State capitalism --
the end of Horkheimer's early critical theory --
Epilogue: toward a historicization of Dialectic of Enlightenment and a reconsideration of Horkheimer's early critical theory.
Responsibility: John Abromeit.

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