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Between Philosophy and Social Science: Selected Early Writings

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Max Horkheimer is well known as the director of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research and as a sometime collaborator with Theodor Adorno, especially on their classic Dialectic of Enlightenment. These essays receal another side of Horkheimer, focusing on his remarkable contributions to critical theory in the 1930s. Included are Horkheimer's inaugural address as direct ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published August 28th 1995 by Mit Press (first published 1993)
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Jan 10, 2013 C rated it really liked it
I was only required to read a few essays from this book for a graduate independent study I'm doing, but overall Horkheimer is a clear author. In general this book is a discussion of the foundational structure of critical theory and social philosophy. Overall it reads as applied historical materialism, with an attempt to add some normative oomph to Marxian class critique. Definitely a good book to get your feet, before diving into the more abstruse works of the Frankfurt School, be it first gener ...more
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A collection of Horkheimer's early essays. They are very readable (if you are somewhat familiar with continental thought) and are filled with wonderful insights. A must read for those who are interested in critical theory.
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Max Horkheimer (1895–1973) was a leader of the so-called “Frankfurt School,” a group of philosophers and social scientists associated with the Institut für Sozialforschung (Institute of Social Research) in Frankfurt am Main. Horkheimer was the director of the Institute and Professor of Social Philosophy at the University of Frankfurt from 1930–1933, and again from 1949–1958. In between those perio ...more
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